Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912, December 15, 1911, Image 13

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    white lead and shot are a few of the
many products which might be enum
erated, ranging in value of annual
production from $23,000 to $1,000,000
Many products of the Omaha fac
tories are shipped all over the United
States and into foreign lands. Large
shipments of the "Little Red Wagon"
manufactured by Stroud & Company
are made into Cauada, Mexico and
South Africa. Kirkeudall & Company
ship their shoes into Alaska and the
Klondike and all up and down the
Pacific roast of the United States.
Omaha incubators hatch chickens all
over this country, Canada and several
European countries and Omaha stock
food is fed to sheep and horses In
Australia and New Zealand. One of
the mills has shipped large quantities
of flour made from Nebraska wheat
to Denmark and England. The Mc-
i li
Keen Motor Car company, with a cap
ital of $1,000,000 ami employing about
400 men, is sending its railway motor
cars for iuterurban service not only
to all parts of the United States, but
into Europe, Japan and Australia.
Butter made in Omaha is exported al
most every day from New York. The
name of Omaha is seen on ' packing
house products in all parts of the
world on bacon and hams, salt pork,
vanned beef, lard, soap and scouring
powders. The Raker Ice Machine com
pany ships its refrigerating machinery
to South America, Europe, Mexico,
South Africa and the Philippines.
As for the territory directly tribu
tary to Omaha in a trade way, the
Omaha-made products go into every
eorner of it. On the sheep ranges . of
Wyoming, in the wheat fields of Da
kota, in the mines of Colorado and in
the irrigated sections of Colorado, Ida
ho and Wyoming, one finds the Omaha
made shoes, Omaha-made overalls,
crackers, saddles, canned goods, soap,
butter, meat, cigars, brooms, beer,
flour and a hundred other articles.
The Omaha Commercial club's in-
dustrial committee stands always
ready to get in touch with "infant in
dustries" or large ones, seeking their
first location or a better location than
the one they have, and will do all in
its power to assist them in suitably
locating in Omaha. The club does not
offer bonuses to new concerns; it
works on the idea that the concern, if
it really means business, will locate
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in the city when properly informed of
its advantages its low price of power,
its favorable railroad rates, both on
the raw and manufactured products,
and its facilities for distribution
through the network of railroads
which center in the city. These facts
are the arguments which win and
when once a manufacturing concern
has conferred with the club about lo
cating in the city, it usually ends by
selecting a site, unless its prime object
is a stock selling scheme and not the
manufacture of goods.
Industrial Omaha cannot be passed
by without a few words as to its grain
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market. Prior to 1903, Chicago and
a few Nebraska line elevators, with
headquarters principally in Omaha,
had a "cinch" on the grain business
of the state. A. B. Stickney saw the
possibilities for the development of a
grain market and when he built his
Great Western railroad into the city,
successfully encouraged the organiza
tion of the Omaha Grain exchange and
started a rate cutting war which at
once insured the future of the market.
The first year the receipts of the mar-
ket were comparatively light, but they
have grown by leaps and bounds until
now the average receipts of all kinds
of grain run between 43,000,000 and
44.000,000 bushels a year, and the
number of dealers has increased sev
eral fold. At present Omaha is the
world's second largest corn market
and is well up among the other mar
kets in respect to wheat and oats. Two
big flour mills have sprung np since
the foundation of .the market and two
big cracker factories have come into
being to consume a part of the Ne
braska flour.
In closing, it might be mentioned
that Omaha's bank clearings have
reached the $840,000,000 a year mark,
placing her among the first fifteen
cities of the country in this respect;
that she did a jobbing business this
year of $140,000,000 to $150,000,000;
that her bank deposits are over $55,
000,000 and that the population to be
reaehed by trolley within six miles
of the Omaha postoffiee is 1S6,594 by
the 1910 census.
Disguise it as we may, the primary
law as now operative in Nebraska is a
delusion and a snare. Neither party has
the nerve to demand its repeal, yet
every thinking man knows that the
law is a breeder of trouble, that it pro
duces perjurers by the score, that it
does not give us the best candidates and
that it is more easily manipulated by
gangsters than even the old-style party
The law" is a clumsy attempt to do
away with corruption. That it has
failed signally of its purpose is evi
denced every time a lot of candidates
file their sworn statements of expendi
tures. That it fails in giving us the
best candidates has been evidenced
within the past sixty days. It is an
enormous expense that is not produc
tive of results commensurate with the
expenditure. Not having any political
axes to grind, and being at perfect lib
erty to voice its honest sentiments, Will
Maupin's Weekly dares to say that
seven out of ten Nebraska voters con
demn the primary law, and six out of
the seven haven't the nerve to say so.
The people may be determined to
nominate good men for office, but un
fortunately it is not given to the whole
people to know every man who may
be seeking ofSee. A eouple of good
men may file for an important state of
fice, and not being acceptable to those
having selfish interests to serve the
aforesaid selfish interests proceed to
file a dozen or more men for the same
office. Between the big fight among so
many candidates the selfish interests
always solid slip in their candidate.
At the state primary next year the
voters will be asked to make choice for
about twenty important offices from
among perhaps 200 candidates. The
result is going to be cot only the nom
ination of many unfit men. but in every
instance it will be a plurality nomina
tion. There are just two ways of cur
ing the evils of the primary system
either abolish it or resort to the double
primary and thus double the already
There is not a Lincoln owned insti
tution that plays so prominent a part
in the industrial life of Lincoln as the
Lincoln Traction Co. Few people who
have not given the matter considera
tion have any adequate idea of how
immense this part is. It is the largest
employer of labor in the city no other
institution being in its class. During
the year ending December 1, 1911, the
Lincoln Traction Co. paid in wages to
its employes, exclusive of office sal
aries, the immense sum of $300,000. Of
this amount $125,000 was paid to mo
term en and conductors. A large num
ber of men are required in the traek
service, another large body of men
is required in the shops and engine
rooms, and still another army of men
in the electric service. What this im
mense wage roll means to Lincoln
would be better realized, perhaps, if it
were suddenly to cease for a time.
But $25,000 a month spent with the
merchants of Lincoln, in the building
of new homes that is a vital factor in
the city's growth and prosperity.
A little study of statistics will show
that the wages paid by the Lincoln
Traction Co. average higher than the
average wage of the industry in the
United States. The wage scale of the
men in the ear serviee varies with the
length of employment, the scale start
ing at 21 cents an hour and increas
ing until a maximum of 27 cents an
hour is reached. The employes are
encouraged to join a voluntary relief
association with is in large part main
tained by the company itself. The
management now has under considera
tion the establishment of a pension sys
tem that will insure the competent and
faithful employe a competence in old
This pension matter is now being
investigated with a view to securing
the best data, and when the investiga
tion is completed the best from the
experience of others will be taken and
put into practice.
enormous expense. From among the
primary candidates select the two high
men in each party for eaeh office, hold
a seeond primary and give the nomina
tion to the high man. This would give
the people an opportunity to choose
carefully but it would double the ex
pense, already too great. ,. 1
The primary is all right in theory
it is working badly in practice. It
works well in some states in the sooth
where the nomination is equivalent to
election because there is but one party
Even there a resort is had to the see
ond primary in the event that no can
didate receives a majority at the first
Senator Stephenson frankly admits
that his election cost him $.100,000. The
admission did not invalidate his elec
tion, but such an admission would in
validate an election in Nebraska. Gov
ernor Dineen of Illinois admits that
he spent $35,000 to secure a re nomina
tion, but claims that it cost Richard
Yates $80,000. Yet we are asked to
believe that it costs less than $) to
get a senatorial nomination in Nebras
ka and less than $700 to get a guberna
torial nomination. It is to laugh.
There is another indictment against
the primary. It alienates friends.
Again, it disrupts party organization.
Again. it has failed utterly in carrying
out the promises of its advocates. As
between the old convention system and
the present primary, Will Maapin's
Weekly prefers the convention system,
bad as it was. At least the convention
system gave us a far better opportunity
to choose between candidates for the
re ason that after the convention there
were not so many candidates to con
sider. The charge that the conventions
were run by a few men was trne, but
that ttsis the fault of the people, not the
fault of the convention system.
Either let us make up our minds to
double the expense and have the dou
ble primary, or let us admit that the
system is a farce and abolish it with
out any more hypocritical pretense.
Elsewhere in this issue the milling
industry of Nebraska is mentioned in
detail. One of the milling firms con
tributing to the immense total Soar
output of the state is that of IL O.
Barber & Sons, whose "Liberty'" flour
has made a reputation that is vastly
more than state wide. This firm has
been engaged in the milling- industry
in Lincoln for a number of years.
Prior to the Barbers engaging in the
manufacture of flour a number of at
tempts along that line in Lincoln had
been failures. But the Barbers, fath
er and sons, felt sure that a mill that
would turn out a high grade of flour,
and would see to it that it was prop
erly introduced to the people, would
succeed- Their first move was to over
come the handicap former failures had
put upon them by making a Soar
that would stand the test Soon it be
came noised around that the new mill
ing company was putting out a super
ior product. This fact onee established
suecess was assured, and the fame of
"Liberty Flour" began growing. To
day stills are among the largest
in the state.
Barber & Sons own - and operate
their own elevators in the best wheat
sections of Nebraska, and this enables
them to select the best milling wheat
grown. Cleaned and purified in their
own elevators, then shipped direct
the mills in Lincoln, this wheat is
ground into flour by the most im
proved methods operated by expert
millers. From time to time the mills
have been enlarged to meet the grow
ing demand.
This institution is one of the largest
industrial establishments in Lincoln.
It plays a prominent part in making
up the immense total of Lincoln's man
ufacturing output. Its flour is equal
to the best made anywhere, and aa it
is a Nebraska institution, owned and
operated by Nebraska men. it i
titled to the support of Nebraskana.