The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, April 09, 1896, Image 1

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The Wealth Makers and Lincoln Independent Consolidated.
He Deems it Unwise to use his Name
as a Presidential Candidate.
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Take an Older Man with More Ex
perience and Leave Him
Where He is.
The Populists will Control the Govern-
' ment but he AVants to Stay
in the Senate.
Senator Allen sent to Governor Hol
comb the following letter which the gov
ernor very reluctantly gives out to the
press. It will be read with unbounded
regret by every populist in this state. It
& trn that Senator Allen has never
Vvanted to be a candidate for the presi
dency, but the question arises is he at
liberty to decline a nomination which
seems to be the desire of the whole party,
and which the interests of the common
people of the wholenation demands that
he shall accept. There are greater inter
ests at stake now than there were in
1860. We drafted men then. We have
a right to draft them now.
Washington, D. C, March 24, 1896.
Hon. Silas A. Holcomb,
Lincoln, Neb.
My Dear Governor: I have just been
reading the very pleasant things said of
me in connection with the populist nora
inatfon for the presidency, in your re
cent interview published in the press dis
patches, for which please accept my
thanks. The favorable mention of my
' name with the high office of president of
the United States by the chief executive
PI my OWU BlUie, HUU If uiiuboii avio aiuu
fijwell qualified by education.temperament,
' J'bnd experience, to fill the exalted po
Y si don possesses double value and is truly
I have not been unconscious, for sev
eral months, that a strong sentiment ex
isted in the populist party throughout
the nation favorable to my nomination,
and I will not disguise from you that it
I ' has given me much pleasure to know
(namy services in. the United States
senate have been instrumental in
) prompting the use of my name in that
connection. I have also observed quite
an extensive discussion of the matter in
F X the public press, and I have ben the re
' ''' cipient of hundreds of letters asking me
if I would be a candidate for the nomi
f nation, or accept It if tendered me. ,
! Fully realizing that ordinarily it is to
be considered indelicate to either accept
or decline a nomination that has not
been tendered, still I feel that the time
F has come when in the interest of the
party, I should speak openly and frankly,
; as I desire above all things to promote
y the interest of the populist party, and by
N that means the interest of my country.
'( Deeply conscious that it would be a dis
' tinguished honor to be the standard
Cbearer of a great political party, founded
' )on the principles of eternal justice and
'right, a party that must, in my judge
' ment, soon succeed to the adminis-
' fratinn nf nnr national government. I
1 never-the-less deem it unwise to permit
my name to be used as a caudiaate.
. T think etrerv true citizen should, at
this time, consult the interests of the
country and not his own personal desire.
: I do not feel that my experience has
been such as to warrant me in being a
I candidate for the nomination, or tin ac
' cepting it if it should be tendered me.
There are many older and abler men in
,ho rtart v than I am. highly well ouali-
i fled to make the race, and I feel confl-
Aar.t that Iran rln the cause greater
good by remaining where I am and fight
ing in the rants ior success, mini uy ac
cepting the nomination if it should be
an.-Jorod The welfare of the party, and
therefore the welfare of the country, is to
9-Pon8Ulted at all times; principles
bint for everything, and men for notn
g, in our struggle.
Permit me also to say in this connec
nn hot. there are nprsonnl reasons
uivu - j-
why I should not be a candidate, among
1 ' -1 s I. : . tnn4. fkaf T have
W111UU IB tim IIIIIUl tauu ICIVjI iui . y
a family , of children whose education
mint ho Innkfid after at this time, and
who need my personal supervision more
now than they have ever needed itbefore,
rvr will ever need it again, and I must
not nermit myself to imperil their inter
ests for my own promotion.
Profoundly grateful to my fellow citi
zens of the state and nation for the flat
orinir mention of mv name in connec
tion with the highest office on earth, I
ainperelv trust that hereafter attention
will not be centered on me, out on some
gentleman better qualified to discharge
the duties of the position in the event of
an election, and that wisdom will char
acterize the formation of our platform
and the nomination we may make. I
have the honor to be,
Very truly your frind,
Wm. V. Allen
The World-Herald makes the following
editorial comment on Senator Allen's
"In another column will be found a
letter from Senator Allen to Governor
Holcomb, in which the former announces
that he ia not a candidate Ior the pres
idencv. The letter is characteristic of
.Senator Allen and is just such a letter
na would be expected by those best ac
quainted with him. He properly meas
ilrPH the importance of the high office
ad modestly distrusts his ability to fill
it.) He does not ask his state to instruct
foil him nor does he desire bis friends
throughout the union to enter into a
contest in his behalf. He regards the
orinciples involved of vastly more im
portance than the man who may for a
brief time exercise authority.
The letter does not remove .him from
the list of presidential possibilities, be
cause circumstances might arise which
would make the acceptance of the nomi
nation a paramount dnty, but it does
take him out of the list of avowed can
didates. The letter does more than that:
it sets an example which will be influen
tial in deterring others from making an
aggressive campaign for the nomination.
"The republican party would be in
better shape if its leaders took the same
view of the presidency as that presented
by Senator Alien. iui insieau 01 iruai
inir tn their merits the renublican lead
ers are engaged in a life and death strug
gle for supremacy. The republican con
vention win De a war oeiween nvm
hnnrla- the nnrtnlist convention, thanks
to Senator Allen's manly example, will
be an assemblage 01 men intent uxbi up
on securing certain remedial legislation.
..w . ... . L i 1.
"it win be easy ior a Douy 01 earuesi,
mpn to AivrM nnon a standard bearer.
and that standard bearer may yet be
Nebraska's senior senator."
But at Every Jump The Fire Gets
Jumping out of the frying pan into
the fire and back again into the roaster
has been the exercise of the people at
each presidential election for the last
twenty years. Each party has been able
to make the misery of the people unen
durable, and forced them to seek the
other party for relief, with no exception,
since the political manipulators of Ohio
elected Rutherford B. Hayes by cunning
and strategy, the dazzling splendor of
which confounded the opposition. Since
that memorable campaign the party in
power has been sufficiently wicked to
furnish the other party unanswerable
campaign arguments for a change.
Cleveland was elected in 1884 because re
publican rule had become intolerable.
Horritmn whh ejected in 1888 because
floTToinnH Hoinnprflpv was intolerable.
Clea viand was again elected in 1892 be
cause ot tne glaring; iniquities 01 narn-
son s administration. MCKiniey is run-nino-in
IHftft nn the conspicuous rotten
ness of Cleveland's administration. The
republican managers assume that thft
wickedness ot Ueveiana is so great mat
the nonnlo will return to the McKinlev
bill again as a dog returneth to his
vomit. The McKinley Din was passea m
1890, and immediately thereafter a new
Hnnao nf Renreflentatives was elected in
which there were only eighty-seven re
publicans. The republicans iosi Con
necticut, Illinois, Indiana, massacnusetts,
Minhirrnn Nebraska. Oregon. ithOQe is
land, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
They carried Kansas, Minnesota, iowa,
onilYthin htr a inencrre maioritV. In New
York they elected only seven republican
representatives as against eighteen in
the 'preceding election. In Ohio they
elected only seven republican congress
men in stand of sixteen. The McKinlev
bill was the issue in the campaign of
1892. It- and the administration of
ivhinh it. wan a nart. was SO odlOUS that
the people returned to the man of Buf
falo whom they had letc in disgust iour
years before to get rid of Harrison and
Rnt.hop.hild has full faith that
he has made Cleveland's admistration
sufficiently odious to make the people
accept the twice rejected jvicts-iniey um,
mith the anoptnpiilnr rone dancer thrown
in. Rothschild's policy of making every
one of his administrations so hot that the
people will seek relief in the other is
nrnrthir nf the oreftt financier who rules
on both sides of the Atlantic. The ques-
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tion of the American people is, win uie
infamy of Cleveland's administration
force them to embrace uotnscniid s tooi
from Ohio, from whom they have twice
turned in loathing and disgust. Silver
It Was Charles F. Crisp.
Who kept the free silver bill from com
ing to a vote, t in 1892, when its friends
were in the majority l
Charles F. Crisp.
Who ignored the petitions which the
alliance poured in upon him, praying
that he bring the bill to a vote, as he
had promised Mr. JJiano to oor
I'herleci H I .Plan
Whn mna it. that. Mr. Bland accused
through thenewspapersof havingtncked
him nff the flnnr. and nf thus tlAving de
feated the free silver bill which only
needed a nnai vote in order to become a
Phnrlea F. Crisn.
Who was it that packed the finance
committee with enemies to iree silver in
f'hnrlpa V (Yisn.
Who was it that rushed the repeal of
the Sherman apt, thrnnch the house. Un
der Reed's Cloture Rule, in 1893, and
thereby everlastingly closed the mints to
Charles F. Crisp. People's Party Pa
Free Silver and Reciprocity.
The Free Press moves that the Inde.
pendent party declare for free silver and
reciprocity. A reciprocity treaty is the
only just and satisfactory method in
dealing with foreign nations. It means
an equal exchange, and an equal or even
exchange is no robbery. It is better than
free trade because it leaves a proviso of
self protection. It is also better than
protection because experience has taught
that to impose a duty on some foreign
product only means in return an imposed
duty on some home product, despite the
fact that the consumer pays tne ireigut
Free Press.
A Harmonous Convention and a Full
Ticket Nominated.
Republicans Split and Fight
Like Cats and Dogs.
Weaver Storming the State and
Every pop Enthusiastic.
The delegates of the people's party of
Oragon met at Salem, Thursday, March
26, and adopted the following platform:
Wo reaffirm the fundamental principles
at the Omaha platform and instruct our
delegates to the national convention to
readjust any details, if possible, in such
form that all reform elements can unite
on one platform and one national ticket.
We favor changing our national con
stitution so as to provide some form of
direct legislation, and the early submis
sion of important national questions to
the people.
We reccomraend that our national
convention devise some plan for the effec
tive protection of American labor from
the ruinous competition of Asiatic and
European cheap labor, including rigid
restrictions, and exclusion, if necessary,
of foreign immigration.
We demand the free and unlimited
coinage of gold and silver at the ratio
of 16 to 1 without waiting for the con
sent of any other nation.
The ticket nominated was:
For supreme Judge, Joseph Gaston; For con
gress first congressional district W. 8. Vander-
tmrg; For congress second congressional district
Martin Quinn.
Gen. Weaver was present. The con
vention adjourned to hear him speak,
and the largest crowd that ever assem
bled in Salem listened to bim Ior two
hours, except the time they spent in
cheering. The campaign is on in Oregon.
Weaver is speaking every night. Other
men of national reputation will soon
join him. The populists out there mean
business. The party in Oregon is now
harmouious and burning with enthusi
The condition of the enemy is shown in
the following dispatch:
Portland. Ore.. April 4. The republi
can city and county convention ended
today in a spilt. In the primaries Thurs
day the faction known as the Mmon lac
tion. elected seventy-five out of the 124
delegates to the convention, but tne
minority, lead by district Attorney
Hume, endeavored to seat their dele
gates and obtain control of the conven
tion. After a wrangle ot three hours the
Hume delegation left the hall, and will
hold another convention Monday.
State senator Joseph Simon, chairman
of the county committee, endeavored to
call the convention to order. The oppo
sition carried Judge C. H. Carey to the
platform, and in an instant the conven
tion was in an uproar. Judg Simon was
nominated as temporary chairman, and
in the veil that followed was declared
elected. Theu there was a rush and
Simon was knocked off the stage. Judge
Carey then attempted to preside, and
was taken by the collar and whirled
backward. A free fight followed. Canes
were waved in the air and brought down
on the heads of the struggling men
Blows were exchanged wherever elbow-
room could be obtained to deliver them,
For over ten minutes the battling, per-
soirine crowd surged up and down and
down and across the stage, shrieking
and howling. They would listen to no
words of compromise, and finally the at
tempt to organize was abandoned and a
recess declared.
The opposing leaders held a conference,
but it came to naught. At the conciu
sion of the conference the Hume delegates
adjourned to meet Monday and left the
ball. The Simon delegates then organ
ized by electing Mr. Simon chairman and
oroceeded with the business of the con
vention. D. Solis Cohen was nominated
for mayor. Nine candidates for repre
sentatives in the legislature were nomi
nated. The legislative ticket is opposed
to the election of Senator J. H. Mitchell
who is a freesilvermantosucceed himself
in the United States senate.
On Monday the populists will norai
nate ex-Uovernor Pennoyer for mayor,
He then will he the nominee of the demo-
crats and Taxpayers league while there
will undoubtedly be two republican can
High School Lads and Lasses.
Hastings, Neb., April 7, 189G.
The 8th Central Nebraska High School
declamatory contest took place at the
Kerr opera house last Friday evening,
There were thirteen contestants; three in
the nrntnrinl. nine in the dramatic and
one in the humorous. Markings wefe as
follows: Pronunciation 10; articulation,
15; carriage and gesture, 25; expression,
The opera house was crowded. The
Hastings military band rendered very
e-rpellent. munir
"Napoleon at St. Helena," by Robert
Orev of Ord. was well rendered. Miss
Mary Hammond of Minden won the ad
miration of all in the rendition of lion.
f ThnrHt.nn'a noted sneech in the
U. S. senate on the Monroe doctrine, and
she was applauded to the echo. "Power
of Free Idea," was the subject by Elisha
. r urn i .. Tit 1
Jackson ot ioric; -isiRter ana i- Dy
Vfiaa Mnhol llnmev nf Kearnev: Dncla
mation entitled "Nell" by Miss Lena
Gunner, Lexington, Nebraska; "My Lit
tle Newsboy, by Miss Blanche Hill, Cen
tral City. All showed careful study
and good training.
Miss Cora Neff of Grand Island won
admirers in her portrayal of "Swan and
Gazelle," and at once became a strong
opponent of Miss Mabel Dorsey of Kenr
ney for first honors. "A ride Against
Time," was well delivered by Miss Water
man of Carleton. Willie Dixon of Au
rora bad no competition iu the humor
ous class, and carried off highest honors
in the rendition of "Mr. Brown gets his
Hair cut."
Iu the oratorical class 1st place was
awarded Elisha Jackson of York. 2d,
Robert Grey of Ord. Dramatic, medal
to Miss Cora Neff of Grand Island, 2d
place to Miss Maggfe Waterman of I'arle
non. - As above stated, the Aurora boy
had no opponent in humorous class but
well merited first honors.
How the Ooldbugs Lied.
Denver Chamber of Commerce and )
Board op Trade, Denver, Colora-
do, Maucu 17, 1896. )
To the people of the United States:
We must remind you that not a single
promise or prediction of the gold stand
ard advocate has been verified by the
loiric of time. In 1878 you were warnod
that government coiuage of silver would
debauch our currency and drive out gold.
While the practicecontmued, money was
stable and plentiful, and gold flowed to
our shores in abundance. In 1890 you
heard the same things, but perceived no
monetary disturbances until the treas
ury department was induced to deflue
"coin to mean eold and "pauty" deg
redation. In 1893 you were told that
the repeal of the purchasing clause alone
stood between you and reviving dubi
ness; in 1894 the greenback must be re
tired before you could hope for improve
ment, and then only if the country
would abdicate its note-issuing powers
to the bankers of the land. "Agitation"
is now assigned as the curse of progress,
and that, too, must cease or the cause of
a self-styled honest money may be de
M. C Jackson. . Henry P. Steele,
Secretary. President.
Prices in Mexico.
Judge Clark of North Carolina who
has recently returned from Mexico, says
in the Bimetallist that cotton brings 14
to 19 cents per pound, and corn and
wheat SI to z lAU per bushel, as for
merly, according to locality. I saw
many cotton mill owners and they told
that Mexico not producing a sufficiency
of cotton the deficiency was supplied by
purchasing in New Orleans at an aver
age of 13 cents for a series of years, the
price (to them) being about the same,
one y 'ar with another, the difference be
ing that formerly their 13 cents was
equal to our 13 cents, bub with the con
stant'enhancement of the value of our
stanu'-rd their 13 cents was now only
equal to 7 cents in our money. Thus
our tarmers, out ior tne legislation ar
bitrarily increasing the value of the dol
lar, would be paying their debts with 13
cent cotton and f 1 wheat and corn, as is
the case in the countries south of us.
How Republicans Steal.
Ever since congress met there has been
exhibited a passion for the creation ot
new offices in which to install the "old
stagers," who have come to look upon
public employment as a vested right.
One of the ' latest appointments to
special" places is a good illustration of
the recklessness with which public money
is expended. The committee decided
that it could not afford to rely upon the
figures of democratic officials, and that
it must appoint an "expert" of its own
to compile reliable figures. W. E. Curtis,
a protege of Blaine, was appointed and
paid$l,oUU to do the wont, inengures
wanted were all at the Bureau of Amer
ican Republics, and Curtis walked down
there where he was informed that they
would be printed in a few days. He'll
get the printed slips, take them up to
the committee and draw his $1,500. It
will only take 3,750 bushels of wheat to
pay him for that little job.
Ilarton County Populists.
The meeting of the Barton county
peoples central committee at Grand
Army hall in Lamar last Saturday was
well attended, nearly all of the townships
being represented and quite, a large
crowd of enthusiastic workers were pres
ent. Sickness compelled the absence of
Chairman Wm. Burnett, P, CJ. Uray be
inir chosen to act in bis place. Barton
county has a host of good, willing work
ers who are rapidly advancing the cause
of populism. Industrial Leader.
You are Right.
After a careful view of the conditions
of our industrial classes, we are led to
believe that the question of tariff is not
an issue in the politics of our country to
any great extent. An honest and con
servative canvass of the situation leads
us to this opinion. We already begin to
see in republican papers the cry oi "pro
tection to American labor" and "lighting
the fires in American furnaces." Pre-
onmnhlv n imlitifftl warwhonn for Mr
Kinley.' The democratic papers are pre-
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scriDing tarui in smauer uunen ior ui
maladv. which all confess our body poli
tic has somehow contracted. The edi
tor of The Sentinel has decided and posi
tive views on this question views which
he thinks he can maintain in public
speech or private argument. But believ
ing it to be but a secondary question,
this paper will contain but little Editor
ial matter concerning it. People's Senti
nel. Maine Looming Up.
The populists swept the town of Nor
way by an overwhelming majority in
their special election. Two years ago
we had twenty six votes in that town.
We are still looking for a report of the
matter in the columns of our esteemed
neighbor, theLewiston Journal. Maine
'0 mriD
But a Very Difficult Problem to Meet
in the Near future.
Upon What Principles Will the new
Alignment be Made.
The Independent Will never no Democratic
Verdurette, Nob., March 31, 1896.
Editor Independent: I was some
what surprised to find your comments
on my short article fn March 26, issue of
your paper. Surprised because I had
never thought of danger that I would be
misunderstood, and provoke criticism.
But I am not displeased at all at your
comments. Nay I am glad you said it,
and I hope you will be extensively copied
both in the state and beyond it. You hit
the right thing, but iucidently punched
the wrong man. Long before any peo
ple's party existed I learned that "a
house divided against itself cannot
stand." There is neithergood sense, nor
good honor in hastily and suspiciously
criticising our fellow laborers in this holy
cause. '
You would never have found any ("im
plication" in my article if you had given
more heed to the words "We are to meet
in St. Louis July 22," The whole thing
depends upon the two letters (we). Who
then are we? I had supposed that all the
world expected a large amount of "we"
fn ha there hesidn the POPUlist. I Still
adhere to that application of the little
word of two letters. Nothing was far
ther from my thoughts than unkind sus
picion and innuendo.
But your comments force me to sub
mit to the conclusion that I did not
write so sensible men could understand
ma anil an T must ntate the case more
fully. Before the 22d of July two na
tional conventions are to De neiu. ine
democrats may divide on the silver ques
tion just as they divided at Baltimore in
1860. In that case the free silver dem
ocrats will be the democratic party for
the goldites will be the bolters, just as
Breckenridge and slavery were in
1860. Of course the free saver men win
then nominate their men just as Douglas
n.tat at Baltimore. Beioff
kindly disposed toward all other free
silver men they win appoint a iraiemui
delegation to come to St. Louis on the
22d and extend the right hand of fellow
ship to the populist. Meanwhile Carter,
Teller et. al. will have their arrangements
niitii the mannfantiirers consumma
ted and protection and free silver or a
bolt will be the terms to the republican
convention. A bolt will! be the result,
and the bolters will meet us with the
right hand of fellowship. The populist
will be one of three, ah see, and an agree,
that, nnthintr short of getting the offices
and possesion of the government will do
r i m n a.
the country any gooo. oo ior tne muss
exalted reason there will be an effort to
arrange matters so as to get the offices.
The situation will then be a democratic
party with free silver and tariff reform
a republican bolt with free silver and pro
tectionthe populist with the Omaha
platform, with fractions of prohibition,
socialism etc. A committee of conference
ia nniV in nrrier. A renort 18 made. The
democrats drop tariff reform, but hold
tofreeBUver ana tae name ana iickgc
marl a at ChWACrn. Carter. Teller et. al.
Amn rirntaet.inn and nncent free silver.
The populist win De expected w urop uu
except free silver, moctodoitis urns
ion ana iauure 10 eieui. iu uu niu.
probably, carry the , solid south and
more or less of the west, anu may eiecs a
president, but there is no certainity of it.
Many free silver repuDiicans wm reiuse
to be known as democrats. Some pop
ulist will mourn for the Omaha platform
aud refuse to vote. The populist at St.
Louis will be confronted with the nec
essity of adjourning without nomin
ating a ticket, or else assuming the
responsibility of defeat and failure.. It
will be a most embarrassing situation for
every one of them. The result, I think,
is likely to be no peoples ticket in the
field all democrat and free silver. All
this is now in sight as possible, if indeed,
it is not probable. But suppose the
democrat part of it is only a bolt, and
not a national party and ticket. Then
the elements of difference remain, and
are just the same as before. A new plat
form and new name will then be needed.
In the light of these facts are my words
"trim and compromise" offensive? I think
not. The circumstances are a controlling
power in such a case. The lines broke,
the team ran away, the carriage upset
and hurt some of the passengers, and
killed a few. That is about the situation.
I do not really fancy being known as a
democrat,but to save my country I think
I could stand it. The democrat party
swallowed Horace Greely wholly boots
and all. So I have a highly respectable
t t. least. Rut here is vour dose
gentlemen. Everything trimmed off only
free silver, silent on all other things. In
Nebraska the World Herald our oracle,
and Bryan for generalissimo. Holcomb,
Allen, Tibbies et. al. gone democrat.
Well a great Savior once came out of
Nazareth, and Nazareth had a very bad
reputation too. Possibly a great Savior
might come out of South Carolina, and
that would be a parall case to some
extent. Well be it so "The Lord reigns"
and let the wicked be darned and the
righteoui saved" even if gravitation
turns the other way." Amen and amen.
J, M. Snyder.,
There will be a straight populis.
ticket nomiuated at St. Louis, and Hoi
comb, Allen, Tibbies et. al. will not go
democratic, not by a well not by a
good deal, and we will fight like Bengal
tigers to elect it. If we don't eucced we
will keep on fighting as long as the tip of
the Kilkenny cat's tail has three hairs
left on it. Don't you fear Brother
Snyder. The government lives, the Lord
reigns and the populists will right the
wrongs of the great common people or
die fighting on the field of battle, and
when that day conies, they won't be the
only corpses on that field either. The
populist national convention will not
adjourn without nominating a ticket.
There is no party and no set of men de
manding "free silver only." If any set
of men ever had an organization au
thorized to speak for them, the free sil
ver men have such in the Bimetallic
League. More than two years ago the
League refused to make a fight for "free
silver only" with only one dissenting
vote. Gen. Warner, its president, de
clared that if such a resolution was
passed he would walk out, lock the door
and never come back. The situation is
not at all as you view it, Brother Snyder.
Honest men of all parties and all sections
are going to get together at St Louis,
a populist convention will formulate a
platform and nominate a ticket. When
that event takes place a shout of joy will
break forth from a hundred thousand
throats that will rend the very skies and
be echoed back from every hamlet and
village in this land of ours, and we ex
pect to see Brother Snyder standing
there with the tears rolling down his face
and saying, "Amen and amen" Editor
An Enthusiastic Meeting Addressed by'
Ohanoellor McLean and Others-
Hastings, Neb., April 7, 1896.
The opening session of the Central Ne
braska Teachers' association took place
on Thursday in the court house at 1 p.
m. The court house presented a very
attractive appearance, having previous-'
ly been decorated andornamented for the
occasion. Quite a large number of vis
iting teachers were present at the open
ing. Several interesting papers were
read and discussed at some length. The
association adjourned for one hour to '
give the teachers an opportunity to visit
the high school and examine the school
work on exhibition there. At 4 o'clock
the association was called to order and
proceeded to carry out the afternoon
program, then adjourned for supper.
In the evening a large audience of
teachers and citizens gathered in the
Presbyterian church to greet Chancellor
McLean of the State University, who
was speaker of the evening. President
Stableton introduced the speaker who,
after a few preliminary remarks an
nounced his subject "Americanism vs
Jingoism," which proved to be both
novel and interesting as well as instruct
ive and patriotic. A vote of thanks was
extended to the chancellor after which
the visiting teachers were tendered a re
ception in the parlors of the Bostwick
hotel by the Hastings teachers, assisted
by Mr. and Mrs. Dillon. It was a delight
ful evening and everything blended in
harmony with the occasion refresh
ments daintily served, and ajl went home
to their little beds to dream ot the good
things they had enjoyed.
Friday rooming the association con
vened at 9 o'clock in the court house.
After the usual preliminaries Professor
F. M. Fling of Lincoln, gave a short ad
dress on history and teaching the same.
The remainder of the forenoon was occu
pied in the interest of history and civics.
At 11:45 the association adjourned for
The afternoon meeting opened with a
business meeting at which the following
officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President, G. I. Kelly, Ord; Vice-President,
A. O. Thomas, St. Paul; Secretary,
E. S. Randall, Aurora.
During the morning a telegram was
received from Wm. Hawley Smith, an
nouncing his illness and inability to be
here to address the association. About
2:30 p. m. Chancellor McLean was intro
duced and spoke for about two hours to
a large and appreciative audience. ' He
explained his viewsin aclear and forcible
manner upon the school system of our
state from the primary grades to the
final culmination in the State University.
I am sorry space will not permit me to
give this address in full. At the close o
the chancellors address, the report of the
convention on resolutions was presented
and adopted. Among other resolutions
I noticed one in particular which I think
is a good one, and it was adopted, favor
ing the establishment of a court of arbi
tration for the settlement of interna
tional disputes.
A vote of thanks was extended to the
teachers and people of Hastings for their
generous hospitality. The association
adjourned toj meet next year, time and
place to be determined by the executive
Crops and Weather.
The week opened with a windstorm on
the 3lst, accompanied in the northern
part of the state with rain, turning to
snow, which developed into the worst
storm of the winter, delaying farm work
generally. During the latter part of the
week the weather has been favorable for
the rapid progress of plowing and seed
ing. The soil is generally mellow and
moist and in excelleut condition for put
ting in the seed.