Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912, March 31, 1911, Image 3

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    TALKING OF .MEN AND THINGS
Henrietta Crosman, who is known in
private life as Mrs. Maurice Thompson, is
an especial favorite in Lincoln and Omaha
and for more than one reason. Aside from
her ability as an artist and she has no su
periors as an artist he winning personality
and her social charms have secured for her
a. large and constantly widening circle of
Nebraska admirers. But there is still an
other reason why Miss Crosman occupies
such a firm place in the hearts of Nebras
kans who have not only followed theatrical
history but who are also conversant with
Nebraska history. Maybe it is giving away
a stage secret, but Miss Crosman is really
a Nebraska girl because- her father, Major
Crosman, was commandant at old Fort
Kearney many years ago, and it was during
his command, and during the last year of
that old military post's occupancy, that
little Henrietta came into the world amidst
somewhat stirring sourroundings. There
were some Indians in the vicinity, plenty
of buffalo and not a few "bad men." Dr.
George L.' Miller, of Omaha, than whom
Nebraska never had a better citizen, was
post surgeon at the time. Miss Crosman
lias won her way to the front rank of Ameri
can artists by dint of hard and conscientious
effort, coupled with an ability that was won
her recognition even against big odds.
And there are those of us, old-fashioned
sort of folk, who rejoice that Miss Crosman
has won through legitimate effort instead
of by so-called publicity that has dragged
the sacred names of wife and mother
through the mire of scandal, A devoted
wife and a happy mother, this really great
artist not only apepals to us folk because
she is an artist, but .because she is a good
wife and mother.
gently to make the truth about Nebraska
known to all the world.
The Sheridan County Boosters' Associa
tion' is the latest organization perfected for
the good work of boosting for Nebraska.
The club is made up of the membership of
the Commercial clubs of Hay Springs.
Rushville and Gordon. The association is
going to get busy advertising Sheridan
county in particular and northwestern Ne
braska in general, and the men who are en
gaged, in the work have the ability and the
push to do that very thing. The best evi
dence of the boosting spirit was the rais
ing of a goodly sum of money to pay the
expenses of advertising the county. An ex
hibit will be made at the land show in Om
aha, and literature, backed by the proofs,
will be sent where it will do the most good.
There are people who imagine that Sheri
dan county is a sandy waste a mistake
that should be wiped off. In 1910 Sheridan
county produced 495,855 bushels of corn,
12,194 bushels of winter wheat, 288,196
bushels of spring wheat, 222,606 bushels of
oats, 35,260 bushels if barley, 11,473 tons
of alfalfa, 61,962 tons of wild hay, and 335,
258 bushels of potatoes. The total value
of these crops was $1,462,396. That's some
agricultural production for a county sup
posed to be out of the. "rain belt." In 1909
Sheridan county shipped to market 28,242
head of cattle, 5,005 head of hogs, 1,870
horses and 5,800 head of sheep. Also 496,
256 pounds of live poultry, 9,486 pounds of
dressed meats, 428,220 dozens of eggs, 228,
165 pounds of butter and 20,010 gallons of
cream. Thase are mighty big figures: and
they are as near accurate as it is possible
for statistics of that nature to be. If they
err at all it is on the side of conservatism.
Will Maupin's Weekly welcomes the Sheri
dan County Boosters' association to the
ranks of those who are' going to work diU
The mental gymnastics of Theodore
Roosevelt are marvelous in the extreme.
He goes one better the Biblical injunction
not to let the right hand know what the
left hand doeth, for he seemingly never lets
the left lobe of his brain know what the
right lobe is doing. In Arizona he de
nounces the provision for the recall of
judges, and inside of a week hies himself to
California and says the recall of judges is
a wise provision. He explains the seeming
contradition by remarking that the judi
cial situation in California makes the judi
cial recall necessary. But what would hap
pen the people of Arizona in case they could
not recall their judges and the situation
should develop similar to that of California?
California has not had the recall, and has
been sadly in need of it. Arizona has it
and may never need it, but if she does it
is ready to hand. But, as before remarked,
one enters upon an impossible task in at
tempting to explain the mysterious gyra
tions of the Rooseveltian mind.
"Enclosed find one dollar to pay my sub
scription to Will Maupin's Weekly, the best
newspaper I have seen," writes Chief Clerk
Henry Richmond. The kindly letter not
only evidences the good judgment as to
newspapers possessed by the genial Rich
mond, but also testifies anew to an old and
exceedingly pleasant professional and social
friendship. We are ready to receive further
testimony of the same kind from several
thousands of other friends of long standing.
We will cheerfully pay exchange on out-of-town
checks.
Will Maupin's Weekly doffs its hat to
Katie Gerber. May her tribe increase. Katie
is a mighty fine representative of her sex
and kind. Young in years as human life
is measured, she is something of a veteran
in years among her tribe, for Katie is a
dairy cow and is twelve years old. During
the year ending March 4, 1911, Katie Gerber
produced 10,000 quarts of milk, yielding 876
pounds of butter, to say nothing of a little
daughter that sold for something more than
a span of mules would bring ten years ago.
Katie is a member of the dairy herd at the
State Agricultural college, and a living dem
onstration of the fact that the Agricultural
college is about the biggest asset possessed
by Nebraska. And it costs no more to raise
Katie Gerbers than it does to raise scrubs
that do not yield enough butter to pay for
their keep. We would rather point to a
state full of Katie Gerbers than to point to
the fact that Nebraska had furnished a thou
sand office holders under the national government.
Postmaster General Hitchcock proposes
using the fast freight to transport the month
ly periodicals, and thus save money. The
proposition is quite in keeping with the men
tal capacities of the politician who, has
shown masterly inability to grasp the needs
of the postoffice department.
Let's see, what is the measure of David
E. Thompson's offense? Why is it that he
is so roundly denounced in certain quarters?
Simply because he has some opinions of his
own upon the excise question and has dared
to make them known, realizing at the time
that they would not meet with the approba
tion of a lot of his fellow citizens. Will'
Maupin's Weekly . is not : wholly - in .accord -
with Mr. Thompson's views on excise mat
ters, but as it demands the right to hold
opinions of its own it cheerfully concedes
to Mr. Thompson the same right, and re
fuses to abuse him therefore. , In the in
terests of justice it might be wellto com
pare Mr. Thompson's civic, enterprises with
the civic enterprises of some of his detrac
tors. If we remember rightly it was Mr.
Thompson who offered the city a free build
ing site for the Carnegie library, only to
have it turned down by a few narrow
minded people who would rather the city
go without a library than accept a site from
Mr. Thompson. And was it not this same
Mr. Thompson who gave Lincoln a magni
ficent and costly fountain? Where are the
fountains his detractors have donated to the
city? And when money was needed to
bring the First Nebraska home from an
Francisco was it not this same Mr. Thomp
son who said: "Bring 'em home on a spe
cial train and I'll advance the money?" And
didn't this same Mr. Thompson come across
handsomely when Lincoln was reaching out
for park lands? And isn't he the same Mr.
Thompson that erected a $300,000 addition
to a hotel already the largest and finest in
the state, thus adding largely to Lincoln's
fame and giving employment to hundreds
of mechanics? And the man who has done
threse things is the target for slurs and in
nuendoes simply because he fails to agree
with a lot of truly good people on a question
which every man has a right to decide for
himself. The editor of Will Maupin's
Weekly has not the pleasure of David E.
Thompson's acquaintance, but knowing
something about the enterprise of the gen
tleman it is quite ready to admit that it
wishes Lincoln had a few more like him.
We've heard a lot about the production
of gold in Alaskaso much that one might
be pardoned for imagining that Alaska was
yielding up more treasure than any other
part of. Uncle Sam's domain But far be it
from so ! Last year Alaska produced $17,
400,000 worth of mineral wealth. Of course
that is some mineral. n But it amounts, to less
than 20 per cent of the value of Nebraska's
corn crop for the same year, less than 6 per
cent of the value of Nebraska's agricultural
output for the same year, and less than 3.
per cent of Nebraska's total output of agri
cultural products, manufactured materials
and live stock. At the rate of $17,000,000
worth of mineral output a year it will ta':t
Alaska nearly forty years to produce
much wealth as Nebraska produced during
the year 1910. Let us make the facts about
Nebraska known to all the world !
One more step has been taken towards
the goal of making the wage earners help
less. A New York man has had his stomach
removed and survives the operation. The
first thing we know the big corporations will
refuse to employ any man until he has had
his stomach amputated. Then, being minus
a stomach, the corporations will reduce
wages still further, insisting that it is all
right since being minus a stomach to feed
the worker doesn't need wages. Slowly but
surely they are driving the wage earners to
the wall. This may sound like a joke, but
it isn't. '. This wage question is-not a joking
matter. . ..... . ." '
Monday's newspapers told us of a "ra'in
of mud" in Kansas. But mud rains are rot
or anywhere else in this republic, for that
uncommon, either in. Kansas Or Nebraska
matter. We -are due., for a lot of them in 1912,
that being preiudetfti'al. ejection yseftf'-V4 -