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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1911)
THE NEBRASKA FACTS
In 1910 Nebraska planted 6,595,088
acres to corn. This year the total acre
age will approximate 7,000,000. Ne
braska raises more corn to the acre than
any other state. And there are millions
of acres of good corn land that have
never been touched by the plow; land
that may be bought for a low price on
In 1910 Nebraska harvested wheat
from 2,732,1GG acres. This year the
wheat acreage Avill approximate 3,000,
000. Nebraska raises more wheat to the
acre than any other state in the union.
There are millions of acres of the best
wheat lands in the world right here in Ne
braska, not an' acre of which has ever
been turned by the plow.
In 1910 Nebraska harvested oats from
2,513,858 acres. This year the acreage
will approximate 2,750,000. Nebraska
raises more oats to the acre than any
other state in the union. And there are
millions of acres of oats land in Nebras
ka awaiting the plow.
Fifteen million acres of Nebraska soil
every acre fertile and every acre
capable of producing corn, wheat, oats,
rye, barley, alfalfa or some other staple
crop and producing in an abundance
not equalled anywhere else in the re
public, all awaiting the industry of hus
bandmen. Water power to the extent of hundreds
of thousands going to waste every day
in the Loup, Niobrara, Platte and Blue
rivers. Millions of dollars worth of raw
products that should be manufactured in
Nebraska shipped east every year.
CIVIC DECENCY VS.
Four counties in Nebraska without a
mile of railroad ; a half . dozen counties
with less than thirty miles each of rail
roads, and another half-dozen with less
than fifty miles of railroad.
Nebraska needs more factories to work
up her raw material into the finished
product and pay wages to Nebraska
Nebraska needs more tillers of the soil
to cultivate her millions of acres of raw
and fertile land.
Nebraska needs more "boosters," more
men who will inform themselves as to
what Nebraska possesses and then tell
the world what they know.
Nebraska's school fund is the largest
per capita of any state in the Union.
Nebraska has not one dollar of bonded
debt; not a dollar of floating indebted
ness, has thousands of dollars in cash on
hand, and hold millions of dollars worth
of bonds of other states for the benefit
of her school children.
The average temperature during the
months of November, December, Janu
ary and February, last, was one degree
below the freezing point, and 85 per cent
of the days were sunny. The total
snowfall during the winter was less than
17 inches, and building tradesmen lost
three days on account of bad weather.
This means that Nebraska's climate is
all right. No state has a lower death
rate per thousand.
Of all good things Nebraska has the
most; of bad things the fewest.
Let the truth about Nebraska be made
known to all the" world !
morally. Any institution that does
those things should be banished instead
of being tolerated for a price.
This paper is not denying the right of
any man to drink if he so pleases, pro
viding he does not drink to the point
that he infringes upon the rights of the
community. It does deny the right of
men to establish drinking places in order
that they may exercise that right to
drink if they so please. It opposes any
system that caters to baser passions and
pays for the privilege of debauching men.
It opposes a system that takes from
wives and children the food and the
clothing that is theirs by every right,"
human and divine. It opposes a system
that preys upon sociability. It opposes
an instiution that will not take care of
the product it creates, but deserts its
victims when they are no longer profit
able and turns to seek new ones.
Will Maupin's Weekly has not one
word of censure for the men who sell
liquor from behind a bar. They are a
result, not a cause. They are just as
good as the men who make it possible by
their votes for them to engage in the
business often better.
Will Maupin's Weekly indicts the sa
loon on the following counts:
It is an economic waste.
It seeks profit at the expense of man
hood. It costs more than it pays for its priv
It is the most fruitful source of crime,
insanity and poverty.
It is the instigator of every scheme
to defraud the public through false as
sumptions of revenue and regulations.
It creates its greatest injury to those
who are helpless to prevent its ravages
the wives and children.
It serves no good purpose whatsoever,
and is the fruitful source of evils.
It never raises the moral standard of
a community, but invariably lowers it.
It always asks for regulation and as
regularly defies it.
Lincoln has been without licensed sa
loons for twenty-four months -the most
prosperous twenty-four months in her
history. She is in better shape today,
financially and industrially, than any of
her near "wet" neighbors. She has more
home owners than ever before. She has
more to offer industrious, sober, home
seeking, education-loving, morality-advocating
men and women than ever be
fore. Will licensed saloons make Lincoln
any cleaner, any healthier, any more at
tractive to good men and women, any
better morally, any better socially, any
Will Lincoln trade civic decency for
tainted dollars? Will Lincoln take a
step backwards into the past instead of
a step forward to even better the things?
These are the questions to be answered
next Tuesday. This newspaper believes
that Lincoln is going "drj" again? apd.
"dry" to stay- .
In its last analysis the fight to return
the saloons to Lincoln is a fight for dol
lars as against decency. Is there a
single member of the Business Men's
League who is not directly interested in
in the saloon business, or hopes to be
any retailer or wholesaler of manufac
tured goods who will accept without a
protest the locating of a saloon next to
his place of business? Why, if he ob
jects to thus locating them should he in
sist on having them located next door to
a fellow business man?
There is not one single argument,
moral or economic, to be advanced in
support of the licensed saloon. The
man who advocates the return of the sa
loons because it might mean a few more
dollars to him in his business, is not one
whit better than the man who operates
the saloon. The man who votes for the
saloons on the ground that it means in
creased revenue and decreased taxes is
as much a dealer in liquor as the man in
whose name the license is issued.
The license system is based on a fal
lacy to start with. It is based on the
false, assumption that the joney pajrj
for license is a revenue, when as a mat
ter of fact it creates a liability. It is
merely a palliation of an admitted evil
in return for a money consideration. The
claim that license means regulation is
false, for other admitted evils are regu
lated without a license. Licensing a sa
loon creates a semi- monopoly that the
city must protect, and having paid a li
cense to do business the saloonkeeper is
forced into politics, and the saloon in
politics is the greatest evil influence in
America today. The higher the license
the greater that evil influence.
Will Maupin's Weekly is opposed to
the licensed saloon because it is opposed
to the selling of indulgences to an ad
mittedly evil thing. It is opposed to the
licensed saloon because it is the cause of
the greatest economic waste in America
today. It is opposed to an institution
that has never helped a man to become
better, and never failed to make a man
worse if he came into too close contact
with it. It never took a poor mechanic
and made a better one of him, but it has
taken thousands of good mechanics and
rujned tUem physically, mentally and.
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