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WILL MAUPIN'S WEEKLY
WILL M. MAUPIN, Editor
F. L. SHOOP, Business Manager
rVk&ked Weekly at Lincoln, Nebraska
by tka KUupia-SlMop Publuhmg Co.
OfRce 1705 O StiMt.
ONE DOLLAR THE YEAR
A GREAT BIG BOOST FOR .
GRAND YOUNG NEBRASKA.
Will Maupin's Weekly, the '
best single-handed booster Ne-
brask has or ever had, came
oat in a blaze of glory last
week with its "Nebraska In-
dustries Number." Twenty-
four pages carried an immense
amount of highly interesting'
matter regarding the resources,
attractions and opportunities of
Nebraska, and also numerous ad-
vertisements of manufacturing
concerns who make good goods
in Nebraska and are not afraid
to let people know it.
Will Maupin ought to be put
on the state's payroll for life as
official booster. Omaha Trade
PICKING THE FLAWS.
Opponents of the commission form
of government, failing to offer us some
thing better, are now engaged in the
always easy task of picking: flaws in
the law empowering a eity to adopt
that form. That the law is faulty no
one will undertake to deny. But it
is much easier to pick flaws in the re
sults of the present form than to pick
fiaws in the proposed form. Any new
system must of necessity lack perfec
tion, because mea themselves are far
from perfect. But we learn from
experience, and as the faults of the
new system make themselves manifest
we can correct them. As time passes
we may add here or take off there, un
til in the end we achieve something ap
proximating the ideals we all have in
This newspaper would be heartily in
favor of letting one man take over
the entire control of municipal affairs,
under just one condition that we
could be assured of finding a perfect
man for the job. Only one such ever
existed, and He was crucified by the
Will Maupin's Weekly is heartily
in favor of the commission system, not
because it deems that system perfect,
but because it deems it far better, far
more responsive to the people than the
present system; because it believes it
to be more business-like, more speedily
productive of needed results. It ad
vocates it beeause it permits the peo
ple -to discharge a faithless or inef
ficient servant, because it fixes respon
sibility, and beeause it gives the peo
ple a chance to locate the blame when
things go wrong. It is a simple sys
tem when compared to the present
It is far easier for the people to se
lect and elect five capable commis
sioners than it is for them to select
and elect eleven or twelve capable and
efficient men out of twenty or thirty.
It makes for the short ballot, an end
greatly to be desired. But the great
est advantage offered under the com
mission form is the fixing of responsi
bility. Well have less "rag chew
ing" and "hot air' discussions with
five men who know their every official
action is being watched, than we now
have under a system that prevents the
fixing of responsibility and enables
public officials to shift and evade and
A GRAVE CHARGE.
W. II. Green of Creighton, Nebras
ka, who is building a pretty hot fire
under the harvester trust, appeared be
fore the house committee in Washing
ton the other day and made this
"We charge that 95 per cent of the
farm papers, 90 per cent of the trade
papers and a considerable portion of
the religious and daily papers are sub
sidized by extensive advertising con
tracts and boiler plate editorials, so
that no unfavorable reference is ever
made to the harvester trust."
That is a mighty grave charge. Of
course the only proof Mr. Green can
offer is that 93 per cent of the farm
papers, 90 per cent of the trade papers
and a considerable portion of the re
ligious and daily papers do carry fat
ads for the harvester trust and do not
make unfavorable comment upon that
capitalistic combination. It may be a
mere coincidence, of course. The farm
and trade papers ought, of all papers,
to be exposing the iniquities of the
harvester trust, which has iniquities in
plenty. The fact that none of them
are doing so, and most of them carry
ing the aforesaid ads, inclines us to
the belief that Will Green knows what
he is talking about. This belief is
further strengthened by a long ac
quaintance with Mr. Green.
The textile industry is the most
highly protected industry in the United
States. It pays the lowest wages of
any industry, and now . 30,000 mill
operatives are striking . against a re
duction of their already pitifully inade
quate wage. This thing of "protecting
the American worker" by tariff laws
is the greatest farce ever presented,
but its perpetrators seem to be putting
it across with a regularity pleasing and
profitable to themselves.
Speaking about tax reform sup
pose we study up a scheme that will
put a premium on thrift and a pen
alty on the. lack of it ; make men pay
taxes in proportion to the " benefits
they draw from society. AH other
schemes are makeshifts and unfair.
Of course every man who seeks pub
lie office in Nebraska ought to know
something about his state. And the
best school for learning about Ne
braska is the one presided over by Will
Maupin's Weekly. One dollar per term
of fifty-two lessons.
We now understand the protracted
silence of Mr. Charles O. Whedon. He
has been visiting the grandchildren
back in New York. A middleaged man
who has grandchildren of. his very
own hasn't got time to attend to
There is one admitted fact in con
nection with Mr. Metcalfe's candidacy
the people will not be left in doubt
about where he stands on any ques
tion of public import. "Met" is con
stitutionally unable to dodge or evade.
Yes, Lncoln has been getting some
undesirable advertising, but it will be
worth the cost if it relieves Lincoln
of a lot of "rag chewing" councilmen
and brings about a business adminis
tration of city affairs.
- Uncle Sam now threatens to again
intervene in Cuba. Just aching for a
chance to get away from that beauti
ful promise and resume the imperial
job of grabbing off more territory for
the trusts to exploit.
Mayor Speer of Denver has pur
chased the Daily Times of that city.
The Times reader who believes what
he sees in that paper deserves all that
will be handed to him as a result.
If our good friends, S. H. Burnhara
and Ilenry W. Yates will consent to
jointly debate the Aldrieh currency
plan, well agree to help swell the
That young lady who has been mas
querading in men's clothes clearly
never tried to catch anything in her
lap. else she would have been detected
After you have tested your seed corn
there will be plenty of time to try
out candidates for public office.
The day of miracles is not past.
Teddy is refusing to be interviewed!
Brer Bowlby of the Crete Democrat
Two things are absolutely necessary to lifefood and clothes.
You must have good food to be physically healthy, good clothes
to be financially prosperous. In these days of high cost of
living it is well worth every man's while to stop and consider
offers him in low cost of dress. No matter what your calling,
be your income meagre or munificent, it is your duty to save
every dollar you can. Every man in Nebraska can find Suits,
Overcoats and Trousers here to his exact liking. Whatever
you may select during this sale will be the best that is possible
to sell at our regular prices.
See below how Men's Suits and Overcoats are being sold.
Lot 1 'At Lot 2 At Lot3At Lot4At Lot 5 At
$7.85 11.85 14.85 18.85 22.85
This lot embraces This lot embraces This lot embraces This lot embraces This lot embraces
Men's Suits and all Men's Suits & all Men's Suits & all Men's Suits & all Men's Soit3 &
Overcoats that Overcoats that Overcoats that Overcoats that Overcoats that
formerly sold at formerly sold at formerly sold at formerly sold at formerly sold at
$10.00, $12.50 & $15.00, $16.50 & $20.00 and $22.50 $25.00 and $27.50 $30.00.; $35.00 &
$13.50. $18.00. $40.00
is opposed to advertising - Nebraska
and attracting people here to develop
her resources. By the same process
of reasoning he must be opposed to
advertising Crete,, or her business in
stitutions, or her eollege, for fear that
those already there may become crowd
ed. Men who fight for the right as they
see it only when they think they stand
a mighty good show of winning, sel
dom get anywhere in the work of re
form. It isn't so much what Bryau
has accomplished as what he has
fought for that we love him.
The law says we must register our
stallions for fear that the future crop
of colts may not be up to standard.
Meanwhile the future crop of chil
dren goes right on depending on whim
and chance. We're a funny lot of
A 200,000,000 bushel corn crop in
1912 is of more importance to Ne
braska, than the political fortunes of
any man or set of men. Test your
seed corn then test your candidates.
Let's see, wouldn't it be quite right
and proper to repeal the name of
Ovster Bav and substitute Clam Bay'
Governor Wilson is learning. He has
asked Harper's Weekly not to support
Goods made in Nebraska are the
goods Nebraskans should buy.
The beef barons seem to have some
mighty expert bookkeepers.
The prettiest ear of corn is not al
ways the best ear of corn.
More acres cultivated and more pro
duction per acre.
KEEPING HISTORY STRAIGHT.
Along about 1907 the law firm of
Harmon & Jndson of Cincinnati was
retained by the federal government
to take charge of a case wherein the
GOOD CLOTHES MERCHANTS
Santa Fe railroad was eharged with
violating the anti-rebate law. Jnd
son & Harmon accepted the commis
sion and proceeded. In due time it
made certain recommendations to the
attorney general of the United States
relative to the proper method of pro
cedure. The attorney general de
clined to aecept the recommendations
and instructed Jndson & Harmon to
proceed along other Hues. Jndson &
Harmon promptly declined to be fur
ther connected with the case, owing
to the fact that the line of procedure
marked out by the attorney general
would so tie the hands of the prose
cution that the charge against the
road could not be maintained.
What was the principal , recommen
dation of Judson & Harmon! Just
sXBp asaqi jo auo npspuBs v oj urrq
this, that action be commenced against
Paul Morton, he being as Morton
afterwards admitted- guilty of author
izing the illegal practice of rebating.
Judson & Harmon would not prosti
tute themselves or their profession by
making a "grandstand play," but pre
ferred to withdraw from the case
rather than be tied hand and foot.
Morton was afterwards made secre
tary of the navy in Roosevelt's cabi
net. Judson A. Harmon is today a
prominent candidate for the demo
cratic presidential nomination.
REV. ME. BATTEN AGAIN.
The wage earners of Lincoln have
many reasons for remembering Rev.
Samuel Zane Batten with gratitude,
and they were not at all surprised
when they learned of his activity in
behalf of the striking buttonmakers of
Muscatine. Rev. Mr. Batten can no
more help taking sides with the "un
der dog" than the average man can
help talking, and his religion is of
that militant kind that demands some
thing more than orthodox windmills to
fight. While many another minister is
content with making t pastoral calls
and discussing with profound wisdom
the continuity of sunbeams and the ef
fect of the modern renassaince upon
our domestic animals, and that sort of
rot, Rev. Mr. Batten is out trying to
be of real service to his fellows. We
haven't always agreed with him in his
views, but we've always admired tern
for his indomnitable courage and loved
him for his bigness of heart. He thor
oughly deserves all the good words
the Lincoln Central Labor Union says
of him, and more. If the wage earners
of Iowa are not taking advantage of
the services of this big-hearted, cour
ageous minister of the gospel they are
DID IT EVER HAVE ONE?
The Lincoln Central Labor Union,
serves notiee on the public that as it
now has no ofieial organ it recom
mends the Nebraska State Federation
of Labor Tear Book. So far as known
the central body of Lincoln's organized
workers never did have an "Seial
organ,"" and it will be a sad day for
it when it does recognize any particu
lar paper as such. It has, if we re
member rightly, been "oSeially" rep
resented in municipal oee much ta
GAS WELLS AT STELLA.
It is said that natural gas in market
able quantities has been si rack at
Stella, Neb., and the manager of " -
eompany is trying to sell the sarpl "
gas at surrounding towns. Hambo
people have been approached, and if
necessary arrangements can be made
a pipe line between the two towns
will be laid. The manager proposes t
sell gas at seventy-five cents per
thousand feet. Pawnee Chief.
A BAD "STATE OF MDJD."
Will Maupin s Weekly says very
tritely that "there is a great deal of
poppyeoek about this campaign year
dullness." Fortunately campaign years
were aeeepted beforehand as tksSL
years, but that is largely a "state of
mind," and the people of this country
are cultivating mental attitude which
defies the old-time tradition. The way
to have a bad year is for everyone to
begin in concert, with doleful recita
tions, and it will be bad enetigh to
suit the worst pessimist in the em.
miinity. Kearny Daily Hub.
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