Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912, June 09, 1911, Image 3

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    astic; the most intelligent, industrious
and inspiring in short, the greatest area
of productivity peopled by the most pro
gressive people in all the world.
This toast I give to you :
"Nebraska, the producer of -the best of
all things; of bad things the possessor of
least; a state without a 'bread line' or a
child sent breakfastless to school; with a
future unlimited and a past to be proud
of; a state of homes and schools and
churches her greater development our
duty, her bounty our sufficient reward."'
The Hoard of Public Lands and Build
ings has handed Curtis, Frontier county,
the juicy prize known as the Southwest
ern Agricultural College. No better
selection could have been made, for Cur
tis is practically .in the -center of the sec
tion calculated to be benefited by the es
tablishment of the college. Curtis is a
beautiful little city, with one of the
prettiest lakes in the west on her out
skirts. It is eas3r of access and it offers
the state rare inducements. But it
.should not be understood that because
this new school is located in Frontier
county that Frontier is a barren section.
Quite the contrary. The fact of the
matter is, southwestern Nebraska pos
sesses soil as fertile as any in the world.
The best results have not yet been ob
tained for the reason that the nature of
that soil has not been well understood hy
all who till it. The college of agricul
ture will educate the people along that
and similar lines, and in due time south
western Nebraska will be as productive
an area as may be found anywhere.
Frontier is just the average southewest
ern Nebraska county. In 1910 it pro
duced 1,032,000 bushels of corn, 523,000
bushels of wheat, 347,000 bushels of oats :
10,000 tons of alfalfa and 33,000 tons of
other hay. It shipped to market in 1909
8,991 head of cattle, 20,135 head Of hogs,
4G2 horses and mules and 600 sheep. It
also shipped to market during the same
3'ear 11,000 pounds of dressed poultry,
53,000 pounds of live poultry, 5,000
pounds of dressed meats, 130,000 dozen
eggs, 43,000 pounds of butter and 49,000
gallons of cream. Of its 600,000 acres
only 271,000 are under cultivation, and
most of the uncultivated area is as pro
ductive as that now cultivated. As a
wealth producer southwestern Nebraska
is going to loom large in the near future,
and the establishment of that school is
going to hasten the day.
Whenever an attempt is made to re
adjust any schedule in the existing
tariff law numerous interesting shadows
are mirrored on the congressional screen.
The American Fork and Hoe Company,
the "Farmers' Tool Trust" has a con
tract at the state prison at Jackson,
Mich., in the name of the Withington &
Coole3r Company, one of its constituent
corporations, and in the name of the
Iowa Farming Tool Company at the state
penitentiary at Fort Madison, Iowa. The
parent company is making a bitter fight
against the lowering of duty on farming
tools from Canada, advancing the usual
"cost of labor" reasons. It seems hard
y possible that the labor cost of manu
facture in Canada is less than 30 or 40
cents per day, the price the trust ''pays
for its convict labor in this country. '
While every utterance in congress is
duly recorded by stenographers and ap
pears in the Congressional liecord, and
s while hearings before committees and
commissions are likewise a matter of rec
ord, yet, owing largely to the voluminous
printed documents the greater portion
, of vital matters are lost to view. Just
recently in a speech .made on the floor of
the house the following facts were
stated; having been collected by the New
York Child Labor Comniisison : ' "
Children's dresses are paid for at the
rate of 50 cents per dozen, the average
daily output for one person in thirteen
hours is one dozen.
Violets are made for 3 1-2 cents per
gross, and a mother, three girls and a
grandmother earn 60 cents per day.
The average wage of an entire family
at garment finishing is from 60 to 70
cents per day.
cents per 1000, and a woman working
Making cigarette wrappers brings 10
from 6 a. m. to 12 p. m. can make $2 per
week. .
The wreck on the Burlington near
Indianola Monday was the most dis
astrous wreck save one in the history of
Nebraska railroading, being exceeded
only, by the Rock Island wreck south of
Lincoln about twenty years ago. The
Indianola wreck brought grief to Lin
coln homes for Lincoln contributed many
of the victims. Engineers John Hyder
and W. T. Leahy, Firemen W. J. Da-
. meron and A. J. Olson and Express Mes
senger Frazier, all of Lincoln, were
among the killed. Tried and faithful
servants, all of them, yet despite their
own carefulness and experience, they
went to their death without warning.
The "prayerbook contains a prayer for
those who "go down to the sea in ships;"
but they are in no more danger than the
men who go flying across the country in
charge of our great trains. The human
be perfect, but fallible men must run
equation in the problem still makes it
impossible of solution. Machines may
them. System may be ever so perfect,
but fallible man must work them out.
The dead trainmen were well known and
universally liked in Lincoln. Year after
year they faced the danger, and wives
and little ones at home waited and
dreaded until husbands and fathers re
turned.. And now the . long-dreaded
. blow, has fallen, on these homes. Hus
bands and fathers will return no more.
Words avail little in a time like this, but
vthe bereaved wives and little ones well
know that they have the heartfelt sym
pathy of the public. But better than all
that, they know that in the strong fra
ternal and beneficial brotherhoods to
which husband and father belonged there
will always be a bulwark against want
or lack of friendships.
Congressman John. G. McIIenry of
Pennsylvania delivered a speech in the
house a few days ago on' the 'farmers' free
list, one portion of which is full of in
terest and deftly put
"We have drifted away from our orig
inal moorings, and listening to the se
ductive plea of the dollar we have for
gotten the interests of the man. The
wageearner, from the standpoint' of pro
duction, is in the same class as the farm
er, but, unlike the farmer, he has not the
help of the soil, the sun and rain, nor has
the additional capital. He is dependent
alone upon his own physical and mental
energies which God lias given him. He
can do a certain number of daj s' work
in his life and no more.
"There is no loss so great as the hv-s
to labor of a day's work. It is the capi
tal account of the workman. He can
not replace it. Nobody can. Nature
has allotted him a given number of days.
He cannot sell them twice. He cannot
issue new stock and increase his capital
like the manufacturer and corporation.
In times of prosperity protection gives
him the little end of the increased profit.
In times of depression he must bear the
big end of the loss, for he must bear a
double loss the loss of his earnings and
the loss of a portion of his capital, in
every idle day, which -he cannot replace."
Just about the time a lot of university
students were indulging in that "shirt tail
parade" a lot of fathers were doffing over
alls after working like sin all day to pro
vide the sons with pajamas, cigarettes and
fraternity pins.
Banker Walsh will have to remain in
prison a while longer. Banker Walsh is
the perfervid patriot who so valiantly
fought to preserve the credit and honor of
the nation when it was attacked by that
arch repudiationist and advocate of a dis
honest dollar, William J. Bran.
The tobacco trust has been declared
guiltjr and given six mouths in which to
reform. Some of these dajrs those crim
inal trusts will just die a laughin' at the
strenuous efforts made to reform them.
Of course Moses had the "blues" when
he wrote some of his stuff. No man can
feel cheerful all the time it takes to write
as much as Moses felt called upon to
The doings of the Cudahy outfit are be
ginning to pall upon our taste. Cut 'Vn