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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (May 5, 1911)
THE DUTY OF ALL GOOD CITIZENS
Alvin II. Armstrong has been elected
niavor, and Lincoln has returned to the
policy of licensed and regulated saloons.
Now let's get down to business and
have done for at least a year with sense
less bickerings, insane "knocking" be
cause things did not go a certain way
and criminally foolish slandering of our
home town, because our ideas are not
"Will Maupin's Weekly made its fight
for a "dry" Lincoln and was ingloriously
whipped. Its editor Jias been defeated
so often that he has no trouble in detect
ing the fact when it really happens. He
recognizes it by instinct, so to speak.
The election of Mr. Armstrong is no
surprise to this newspaper. And it is by
no means a disappointment. After the
primary Will Maupin's Weekly took no
part in the mayoralty campaign, but it
felt, and it said that any attempts to in
jure Mr. Armstrong by attacking him on
the point that he was at the time of his
nomination president of the Gas Com
pany would react on his opponents.' No
one who knows Mr. Armstrong, and no
citizen of Lincoln is better known, be
lieved for a minute that he wrould be so
foolish as to imperil his own big busi
ness, destroy the record of a lifetime for
integrity and sell out the citizens because
lie happened to be a small stockholder in
the Gas Company and nominally its
president. Time may have been what
that sort of campaiging was effective, but
that, is not now. Mr. Armstrong has
said, time and again, that : if elected
mayor he would enforce the laws, deal
justly and do his full duty as he saw it.
His whole record as a business man and
as a citizen is evidence enough that he
will do those very things more could
not be asked of any man.
The big surprise was the reversal .of
the vote on the license question. Today
everybody practically is' saying they
"knew it all the time." Nine-tenths of
those who are saying it are lying. The
only sanguine "wets" were the campaign
managers, and . their talk sounded very
much like graveyard whistles. Frankly,
Will Maupin's Weekly didn't think the
"wets" had a look-in. And it" was there
But experience with defeat in most of
its political jdiases rather inures one,
and Will Maupin's Weekly is feeling fit
and fine, thank you. One thing it
pledges the people because it has been
defeated it is not going to begin a cam
paign of slandering Lincoln, "knocking"
it at every opportunity and grouching
here and there and everywhere. "Wet"
or "dry" Will Maupin's Weekly is stilL
for Lincoln. "Wet" or "dry" its future
is assured if here people will be wise
enough to accept the verdict and puil o
gether for Lincoln for twelve months be
fore opening up this irritating question
again for it will be opened up. never
fear This little newspaper is done. with
the -wet" and "dry" question insofar' as
Lincoln is concerned for at ieast; twelve
months. It is not going to follow the
example set by those defeated a year ago
and go bellyaching around. It is going
to cheer for Lincoln, boost for ,. bee ar.
every turn of the road, avow and atiiin,"
with facts and figures to prove it, that
there is none better, bigger, busier, hand
somer or more attractive.
In our few and far between victories
we have never tried to "rub it in" on the
vanquished; in our many and oft-recurring
defeats we have never failed to smile
and take our medicine without a grimace.
To the victors: Here's hoping that all
your prophecies of increased prosperity
because of licensed saloons will be real
ized. To the vanquished : There's an
other election1 coming.
Now forget these pesky differences for
a while, and let's all get together for Lin
coln and for Nebraska.
The door of the office of Will Maupin's
Weekly is still open. Enter without
knocking, and remain as long as you
please under the same rule.
ALL AROUND AND ABOUT GOOD OLD NEBRASKA
Grafton, in Fillmore county, is not a
metropolis. It may not hope to become
a great city. But it purposes becoming
a pretty, clean attractive little city, and
to that end has organized a Commercial
club and will proceed to put into execu
tion some well considered plans for mak
ing the town more attractive, thus draw
ing more people and thereby doing more
business. It will also take up the mat
ter of improving the roads leading into
Grafton. In short the Grafton commer
cial club is going to let the people know
that Grafton is a mighty good place in
which to live and an equally good place
in w;hich to transact your business.
snow. The snowfall for the state totaled
19.7 inches. There were only five days
last winter wdien it was not comfortable,
in working out of doors. Only five days
when the mercury went below zero.
Bring on your Florida weather your de
lightful California sunshine, and com
pare then with Nebraska and see how
they wTill fade into utter insignificance.
Nebraska isn't particularly noted for
boasting of her winters. We've so many
other good things to tell about."
The Grand Island Independent, which
may be depended upon to tell the facts
when it speaks of Nebraska or anything
else, so far as that goes has the follow
ing to say about Nebraska's climate :
"Talk about your California winters!
Why, folks, Nebraska has California
shoved off into the Pacific ocean wiien
it comes to having a balmy winter.
We've something to brag about out here
in Nebraska. We just had a winter that
has been 70 per cent sunshine by actual
figures. The iaverage temperature has
been 32. G above zero for the five months
of Avinter. Only twenty-nine days of the
150 was there any snow on the ground,
yet the wheat crop stored up a vast
nmount of moisture out of this amount of
That's the way to talk and tell the
truth while you're talking. In climate,
in healthfulness, in productivity, in edu
cational, moral and social environment,
in all good things, Nebraska has got the
rest of the country backed up in a corner
and calling for time. The "Nebraskan
who is not seizing every opportunity
. and making opportunities- to tell about
the glories of Nebraska, is untrue to him
self, to his felknvs and to his state. "
The other day we heard a Nebraska
wiio should have known better sneeringly
allude to Cherry county as a waste of
barren sandhills fit for nothing but. to
graze about a steer to the" section. ' That
made us mad and we backed the gentle
man into a corner and poured the follow
ing authentic information into his ear;
Cherry county is devoted largely to
ranching, it is true, but if you think it
produces nothing but live stock your
thinkery .is twisted. In 1910 Cherry
county had 77,000 cultivated acres. On
them she produced 865,000 bushels of
corn, an average of 21 ! 8 bushels per
acre; 53,000 bushels of wheat, an average
of 22 bushels per acre; 145,000 bushels of
oats, an average of 24 bushels per acre ;
26,000 bushels of rye, an average of 17
bushels per acre, 5,000 tons of alfalfa
and 8,000 bushels of barley. Potatoes?
Cherry county produced 269,000 bushels
in 1910. Her wild and tame hay crop was
worth $4,000,000. Her acreage of really
good farm land is less than half culti
vated. There is room up there for more
cattle raisers, but also room and more
than a good living for many more indus
trious farmers who will adapt themselves
to the soil instead of trying to adapt the
soil to themselves and sitting around and
cursing their "luck" because they can't
make their particular system win.
Cherry is a big county with big possibili
ties. She ought to be better known, and
men w ho know nothing about her should,
at least, refrain from exposing their ig
norance by telling untruths about her.
Will Maupin's WTeekly would advise
people to keep their eyes on Superior.
There's a city that is going to do things.
First thing you know Superior will be a
center of the cement industry, making it
by the millions of barrels and supplying
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