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WILL MAUPIN'S WEEKLY
WILL M. MAUPIN, Editor
F. L. SHOOP, Business Manager
Published Weekly at Lincoln, Nebraska
by the Maupin-Shoop Publishing Co.
Office 1705 O Street.
"Eatarad u lacond-cUu matter February 3. 191 1. at
lie poat off ica at Lincoln. Nebraska, under the Act of
March 3. 1879."
ONE DOLLAR THE YEAR
A GREAT BIG BOOST FOR
GRAND YOUNG NEBRASKA.
Will Maupin's Weekly, the
best single-handed booster Ne-
braska has or ever had, came
out in a blaze of glory last
week with its "Nebraska In-
dnstries 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
CONSERVING THE WATER
In the humble opinion of "Will Mau
pin's Weekly, all this talk about the
state utilizing the water power, vot
ing bonds to build power plants and
selling the power, is the sheerest non
sense. "Were it possible it would be
the proper thing to do but it isn't
possible now, nor wjll it be for a half
century to come. And Nebraska
wants the water powers of the state
developed a long time before that.
The state can grant power rights,
regulate the charges and then de
mand a percentage of the receipts.
It cannot, under present constitu
tional limitations, vote bonds to build
power plants, and wouldn't if it could.
It should not, and must not, grant
water power rights to private corpor
ations without hedging the grants
about with conditions that will be an
absolute guarantee of fair treatment
to all and a fair payment to the state.
It is conservatively estimated that
it will cost $3,500,000 to develop 100,
000 horse-power from the Loup and
Platte rivers. How would Governor
Aldrich and the other state officials
go about it to get the money I Vote
bonds T The constitution would have
to be amended, and that would take
at least three years. Then we'd have
to wait another two years before the
bonds could be voted. That make?
five years. And even at that there
is no assurance that the bonds would
This newspaper, believing absolute
ly in municipal ownership of public
utilities and in government ownership
of railroads, telegraph, telephone and
express lines, believes also in state
ownership of water power plants.
But we couldn't buy the railroads
iow if we wanted to. Neither can
Nebraska develop state power plants.
But it can grant power rights, stipu
lating a certain revenue from the re
ceipts, with ultimate state ownership
at the end of a stated period, not too
long postponed. If we mistake not,
the immense subway system of New
York City was built by a private cor
poration which pays the city a cer
tain percentage of the gross receipts,
and turns the whole system over to
the city at the end of fifty years.
Nebraska needs the rapid develop
ment of her immense natural water
power. There is plenty of it to turn
a hundred times more factory wheels
than are now turning in Nebraska.
To accomplish this she needs the en
ergy and the ability of men of large
affairs. Under her laws Nebraska
can protect her people against ex
. ploitation, can properly conserve the
power, and ultimately come into full
ownership without the expenditure of
a dollar of the people's money. But
to talk about the state developing the"
water power is, in the opinion of this
newspaper, all bosh. Let's get down
to brass tacks and quit talking glit
A NEEDED AMENDMENT. .
Next to the proposed constitutional
amendment providing for the initia
tive and referendum, "Will Maupin's
"Weekly believes that the proposed
amendment permitting cities of 5,000
and over to make their own charters
is the most important. The objec
tion to this amendment raised by the
Anti-Saloon League is peurile. It
wouldn't have been made by any man
or set of men capable of reading a
simple paragraph of the statutes with
understanding. Such an amendment,
if adopted, would permit progressive
cities to go ahead, governing them
selves under the constitution and the
laws of the state without the inter
ference of rank outsiders. Its adop
tion wouldn't repeal the Slocum law,
nor the eight o'clock closing law or
the Ten Commandments. It would
simply mean the removal of an ob
struction to legal local self-government.
That amendment should go
through with a rush.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT MR.
Edwin Jeary, who is asking for the
republican nomination for the state
legislature, is our kind of a man.
And he is the kind of man needed by
the legislature, because he is square,
a successful business man, and wholly
in sympathy with progressive ideas
of state government. The editor of
"Will Maupin's "Weekly had something
to do with securing the appointment
of a commission to draft an employ
ers' liability law. He knows that
Mr. Jeary is heartily in sympathy
with that idea, and that if elected he
will support and work and vote for
the enactment of a just compensation
law. The state and Lancaster county
in particular need men in the legisla
ture of the Jeary stamp vastly mojre t,
than men like him needF the job. And
when Nebraska is fortunate enough
to elect a legislature with a majority
made up of men like Jeary it will be
a most fortunate day for the state.
Mr. Jeary and the editor of this news
paper are not in full accord on the
tariff question, perhaps we do not
agree on the money question, and if
we got into a discussion of some
other partisan questions we might get
into a merry little scrap good-natured,
of course but when it comes
down to state issues and county is
sues we are quite willing to let Mr.
Jeary speak and act for us as a mem
ber of the state's law-making body.
That's what we think of Edwin
You owe it to yourself and to .Ne
braska to be prepared with. the facts,
to 'boost the state every time a
stranger inquires about it. And the
best way to keep posted on Nebras
ka's resources and progress is to be
constant reader of "Will Maupin's
"Weekly making sure you read your
own copies, not borrowed ones.
Senator Brown is out . with the
declaration that he is for Taft. All
of which impels us to remark that
Norris Brown knows enough to stand
true to his friends and not be stam
peded by froth and fury.
Congressman Henry will be one of
the speakers at the Bryan dinner
next week. Mr. Henry is the gentle-
man who put burrs under the tail of
the money trust.
Somebody ought to invent some
thing that will shut off the after-
dinner speaker who fails to remember
the location of his terminal facilities.
Nebraska is rapidly becoming the
bread factory - of the - world and
we're making the butter to spread
on the bread. Great state this! J
A tax on improvements is a" tax on
enterprise and development.
Governor Aldrich is making a great
mistake in "not -accepting advice as" to
how to run the penitentiary from a
lot of people who spend more time
sympathizing with criminals than they
do trying to help men keep straight.
A lot of honest men struggling for a
living outside of prison walls are suf
fering for a few of the words of sym
pathy and bits of kindly help so lav
ishly doled out to chronic criminals.
Five years from this month Ne
braska will be preparing to throw
open to the world the gates of the
biggest-semi-centennial exposition ever
planned and carried to a successful
conclusion .by any state. "Wait for
Nebraska's Semi-Centennial Exposi
tion. "We're going to pull off an "Old
Fiddlers' Contest" right here in Lin
coln before long, and us fellows who
. like real music instead of digital gym
nastics are going to have one evening
of the kind of music we like and
everybody else can go hang.
The political joker is again abroad
in the land. This time, he has filed
John O. Yoissr of Omaha for vice
president. But, just the same, John
O. Yeiser has a lot more real ability
than some men who have been elected
to the vice presidency.
President Sharp of the Lincoln
Traction company is overlooking a
bet. He ought to be availing himself
of the services of a few of the 2,333
men who know more about managing
a street railway than he can hope
ever to learn.
"We are contemplating some radical
changes and improvements in this
Organ of Nebraska Boosting, and
when they come it will be a bit the
handsomest and liveliest booster or
gan in the west. Now is the time to
' Some of these days Nebraska will
stop taxing enterprise and thrift and
pay the expenses of state government
by taking community made values
instead of depriving individuals of a
portion f their earnings.
The "insurgents" in the "Woodman
camp are not nearly so numerous as -their
noise would indicate. Don't
forget the story of the Arkansaw man
who was going to supply the 'world
with f roglegs.
"We know one candidate for state
office who isn't lying . awake nights
. worrying about the outcome of the
primaries. He's got a pretty good
job, and one he likes, boosting for
"Will Maupin's "Weekly is present
ing the claims of some mighty good
men this week. . But if they were not
good men they couldn't get. into the
columns of this newspaper.
Every time we think of liorimer'
and Penrose and Stephenson we won
der why honest men like Shallenber
jer and Thompson and Norris should
want to mingle therein.
Next Tuesday the democratic clans
will foregather in Lincoln to cele
brate the birthday of democracy's
leader and the best known private
citizen in the world. -
Ice in the Platte is three feet thick.
It will cost more next summer be
cause the ice men had to go to the
trouble of prying it loose from the
bottom of the river.
Easter is approaching and the
primaries are unable to demand the
undivided attention of even the most
ardent suffragists of the female sex.
Yes, so much snow at one - time
makes it a bit disagreeable, ' but just
think what it is doing to put the
ground in condition for cultivation!
The woods are full of men who are
turning to the single tax as a relief
from present-day injustices. " :.
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The dog m the manger should be .
made to pay for the manger.. '
The Tammany crowd is going to
Named for and
From Selected Nebraska Wheat Best Wheat in the World
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H. O. BARBER
Baltimore by boat and live aboard
during the convention. That's all
right, but the only use Tammany has
for water is to ride on, swim in or
The man who has control of the
land has control of life and death.
And no man should be allowed to ab
solutely eontrol those things.
Come on, and let's all talk about
the glories of Nebraska. The ham
merman must be relegated to the
Next week's issue of Will Maupin's
Weekly will mark the close of the
eighth year of the publication of this
No man should be allowed to hold
more land than he can put to intel
ligent use forthe benefit of himself
If this sort of thing keeps up we'll
be using those irrigating ditches to
drain the surplus moisture from the"
'If you don't think Nebraska is the
best state in the Union, move on and
let a state builder take your place.
Break a window and you pay for it,
once. Make a window and the state
makes you pay for it every year.
It seems that Mr. Roosevelt's an
nouncement didn't make the antici
Speaking of million dollar snows
we're getting them with astonishing
ifi "Ah, There's Sweetness, Madam" yS
BJ A single whiff tempts your appetite. Taste it and your favorable impres- f 1
f i sions are more than confirmed. Buying Meadow-Gold Butter is buying 1
butter satisfaction. Sweet, pure, wholesome, delicious. There is a flavor j
and genuine goodness about it that you do not get in ordinary butter.
1 Made only from pure, rich pasteuiird rrnnij - , J
Made in Lincoln
& SONS, LINCOLN
If there is any one thing upon which
Will Maupin's Weekly is "cranky" it
is the subject of home patronage. It
believes that Nebraska furnishes more
of all that is best than any other state,
and that this truism holds good in in
surance, life, fire and accident. Just
why Nebraskans should send their
money out of Nebraska for investment
elsewhere, and draining Nebraska of
resources year after year, is a puzzle.
The insurance premiums that Nebras
kans pay should be paid to Nebraska
companies, so that the money may be
invested in IN e braska to develop Ne-
DrasKa. w nen it comes to the matter ox.
"cheap" insurance," Nebraska is the
leader. And it is cheap only in the
price you pay, not in the safety guar
anteed. . It .is the safest insurance in.
the world because it is provided byj
men who are of known ability and
honesty who are our neighbors and our
Among the strong and growing life
insurance companies of the west is the
Midwest Life Insurance company. If
has a record for promptness and re-J
liability second to none. It" is man
aged with signal ability and clo
economy. It is investing its surplus
"k.T 1 . 1
pjeDrasKa iarm mortgages, not i
"blue sky" securities. It is lookin
after the interests of the policvhold
ers, not after the interests of specula
tors and plungers. It deserves th
hearty support and co-operation oi
Nebraskans, who want to help develof
business in Nebraska and Contribute
their snare towards the upbuil
the state. -'
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