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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (May 24, 1912)
(The Chancellor, Omaha.)
One of the amazing things in this world is to see how manu
facturers and business -men will get all around a plain
proposition, and yet never see it. At a banquet of the State Asso
ciation of Commercial Clubs, held at Hastings, these business men
considered a resolution favoring the exemption from taxation of "all
machinery, and the means of production, including farm implements
and draft animals." After some discussion these business men voted
down this resolution.
After failing to see the advantage to this state of carrying out
such a resolution, these same business men voted to ask the legis
lature to appropriate $50,000 a year for two years for the purpose
of advertising Nebraska. One hundred thousand dollars for the
purpose of advertising Nebraska, while failing to accept a proposi
tion that would have done more good in advertising Nebraska
for nothing than would $1,000,000 spent in "advertising Nebraska."
Then, the question arises, if this $100,000 should be spent in
advertising Nebraska, what would the advertising writer say about
Nebraska? In the light of the action of these commercial clubs,
jf he told the whole truth, would he not be obliged to say, "Come
to Nebraska, with your factories and tools of production, and we
will immediately levy a fine upon you for your temerity?" "Bring
your, draft animals here, we want them here, but if ou do, we
will tax your profits out of them." What inducements would there
be to the residents of other states to come to Nebraska under such
conditions? They can stay where they are and be subjected to
such stupid tax laws. They need not come to Nebraska in order
to have all their industry and enterprise discouraged by silly tax
But supposing this advertising writer could say to all the in
dustries everywhere in the United States, "Come to Nebraska. We
have beautiful broad prairies; our streams are vital with unlimited
water power; our soil is the richest in the world; our people are
intelligent and prosperous; our climate is the healthiest and the
pure air that sweeps over these great plains is the purest that
ever blew from heaven these are inducements enough. But we
have still another inducement, which as yet no other state in the
Union can offer. That inducement is that we do not fine people
for doing what we want them to do. We want you to bring your
factories and machinery here, therefore we will not tax you for
doing so. We want you to bring all the best farm machinery that
money can buy, and once you cross into the intelligent state of
Nebraska with "them, you will find a hearty welcome for having
increased the wealth of the state just that much, instead of being
met as soon as you land by a glowering tax collector who inquires
into your private affairs. Bring your draft animals here; we want
them to aid in tilling these broad lands and to aid in building
up our magnificent cities, and for that reason we will not discourage
your enterprise and thrift by levying taxes against these things.
For in Nebraska we never tax anything which is desired, or that
can hide or run away."
Yes, suppose the advertising men could send that word over the
country, what would be the immediate result in advancing the best
interests of this state the improvement and beautification of our
farms and the enrichment of the farmers; the building up of great
industries and the employment at increasing wages of an intelligent,
happy and thrifty population? Five thousand, dollars, spent in
this way, would accomplish more in less time than will the expendi
ture of a million dollars in any other honorable way.- Let the
business men of this state awaken to the soundness of the resolutions
presented at that banquet and which they rejected, and they will
do more to indicate their intelligence to the people of the nation
than ever they can do in the old fashioned way.
THE ELAM RESTAURANT.
For years Elam's restaurant, 134 South Tenth street, has been
a popular resort for people who wanted good things to eat served
to them promptly and neatly, and at reasonable prices. Mr. Elam
is a veteran in the catering business, and knowing well how to
please the public, has built up a splendid business. Having made
a record for keeping abreast of the times, Mr. Elam purposes
keeping it. His popular restaurant has just been thoroughly over
hauled and handsomely decorated. A new front has been put in,
new kitchen furniture installed and new counters of hard maple
added. The basement has been thoroughly overhauled and eemented
and the entire establishment made absolutely sanitary. It is now
one of the most attractive eating houses in the west. The all night
Bervice has been resumed. Mr. Elam is giving especial attention to
"special Sunday dinners," and the tired housewife who persuades
her husband to forego the Sunday dinner at home and eat it at
Elam's will feel amply repaid. Popular prices prevail here.
NEBRASKA CORNICE WORKS.
One of the rapidly developing manufacturing institutions of
Lincoln is the Nebraska Cornice Works, 812-814 O street. This in
stitution has a considerable capital involved, employs a number of
workmen, and is building up a business that is rapidly extending
outside the borders of Lincoln. As improved methods of building
demand more and more metal work in the finishings, the product
of this company comes more and more into use. It turns out every
thing in the line of sheet metal work, such as galvanized iron and
copper cornices, finials, steel ceilings, skylights, tin, iron and slate
and gravel roofing, etc. It has completed a large number of con
tracts in its line, and in every case it has given the utmost satisfac
tion. It uses only the best of material, employs only skilled work
men and designers of artistic training, and as a result turns out a
finished product that makes a direct appeal to the buying public.
Charles Gaiser and L. Steiner, proprietors of the plant, are experi
enced men at the business and have won the confidence of the buy
ing public by always giving a square deal.
FORMAL OPENING OF FOLSOM'S CAFE.
The formal opening of Folsom's cafe last Saturday was a suc
cessful affair from every viewpoint. More than 6,000 people passed
through the new cafe and bakery and inspected the magnificent
banquet room and ice cream departments and every visitor was"
delighted with the handsome appointments and the evidences that
Lincoln at last has a cafe equal in every respect to the best in
cities far larger than Lincoln. So sanitary is the whole establish
ment that visitors are welcome at any time to visit any and all de
partments, and watch to their hearts' content the methods of manu
fact uring and of handling the goods offered for sale. During the
afternoon and evening delightful music was rendered and each vis
iting lady was given a flower and a handsome souvenir of the open
ing. Mr. Seeley and Mr. McKay, managers of the Folsom, were the
recipients of many deserved compliments upon the results of their
efforts to give Lincoln a first class cafe, together with all the de
partments that naturally go with such a service.
WESTERN SUPPLY CO.
One of the largest concerns in Lincoln, therefore one of the
iargest in the west certainly the largest of its particular kind is
the Western Supply Co. This concern wholesales all kinds of
plumbing and" heating goods and materials, Perkins windmills and
a full line of air pressure tanks. An immense business has been
built up through Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and South
Dakota, this territory being regularly visited by five traveling men.
With upwards of $200,000 invested in the business, and transacting
a volume of business amounting to upwards of $300,000 a year,
the Western Supply Co. is a valuable adjunct to the commercial
life of Lincoln and Nebraska. It gives steady employment to from
twenty to twenty-five people, all of whom are citizens of Lincoln,
and adding to the city's growth and development. This concern is
always on the alert to join with other enterprising concerns in the
upbuilding of Nebraska and the west. W. A. Selleck, manager of
the Western Supply Co., has served as president of the Lincoln
Commercial Club, was a member of the state senate two years ago,
and served on the Lincoln board of education for many years. His
standing as an enterprising, progressive citizen is beyond question,
and no public enterprise lacks his support.
ARIZONA SMITH IN CONGRESS
A ebout of joy went up all ovet
Washington when It was known that
Mark Smith was coming back. For
twenty-two years, barring a couple ol
terms when the Territory of Arizona
bad the bad taste not to re-elect him,
he was one of the landmarks of Wash
ington. And when he took his seat
In the senate every member knew it
would not take him long to make Ari
zona a power in that body, for his
position in Washington has long been
A territorial delegate occupies the
position of a small boy, who must be
seen and not heard. Mark Smith was
the sole exception. He ranked with
Amos J. Cummings and Private John
A. Allen, and his cloakroom stories
were classics. Tall, grizzled, red
faced, with a big gray mustache and
a kindly drawl, an unquenchable
sense of hu-aor, the delegate was a
better-knowa and more familiar figure
than many a senator.
But he was no mere Rialto figure. His ability was everywhere acknowl
edged and respected, and when the interests of his territory were involved
the genial, drawling, story-telling tongue turned into an engine of war. Smith
never assumed the deferential attitude which territorial delegates, without a
vote and generally without a voice, have to take toward the house. He beard
ed the then omnipotent speaker and reduced the generally Imperturbable
Cannon to a palpitating and crimson heap of impotent rage. He was a mas
ter of invective, though policy usually obliged him to keep to his role of the
John Allen of Arizona.
His best remembered performance of the kind was on the occasion ot
one of the many disappointments Arizona has had to meet in her fight for
statehood. This time, as often before and since, she was beaten through
treachery, after Smith, who is a master politician, had got enough votes
pledged to get her into the Union. James A. Tawney had pledged to Smith,
enough votes to override the speaker and give statehood. Cannon won Taw
ney away with the chairmanship of the appropriations committee, and, not
content with making him break his word to Smith, compelled him to get up
and make a speech declaring his change of heart. Tawney made it in a
shame-faced way, filling it with protestations of his affection for Arizona.
It was these protestations on which Smith dwelt in the most searing and
scorching speech that had been heard in the house for many a day. Smith,
walking deliberately down the aisle, pointed his finger at Tawney and said:
"And Joab said unto Amasa, art thou in good healtu, my brother? and he
took Amasa by the hand; but Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in
Joab's left hand. And he smote him therewith, so that his bowels gushed
out II Don t be ernuivi."
To Keep From Losing Breath.
Where respiration is rhythmical
there is no loss of breath in walking
fast, running uphill or going upstairs.
The method of preventing breathless
ness consists in maintaining the
rhythm and the speed of respiration.
When the breathing is rhythmic the
breathing kt-eps pace with the step.
Tbe ou'.breathiug must be twice the
'eiigth of the inbreathing and not more
ihon fi!?bteen or twenty complete
brea'b circuits must be made per min
nt.s. rtarye'. s Weekly.
Secret Revealed by Face.
If you want to get at the real
strength and character of a person's
face, study the right side of it the
ugly side, as portrait painters some
times call it. There you will find the
lines bold and harsh, with every de
fect accentuated. On the left side,
however, everything is softened down,
and the face is at its best. Whenever
you suspect a man of trickery or de
ceit and this rule applies equally to
the fair sex stand on his right and
watch his expression closely.
Save enough ice to pay for them
selves. Ample in size, Sanitary,
$10 to $30
It is economy to buy a North Star
because of the Saving in Ice
A full line, low in price, fully
warranted. Garden Tools, etc
HOPPE, HARDWARE, 100 No. (Oth
HidheF Proper Training
wj, . , of Working Force
ilLarillllgS Assures Future
By H. G. SMITH. Boston. Mau.
THE establishment of a successful shipyard at Quincy has meanl
of necessity the application of every possible principle of scien
tific management in all the many branches involved. We fee"
that only by constant betterment of our efficiency and the conse
quent training of a proper working force, are we assured of a propel
Scientific management, to my mind, is the application of certain
principles to the directing and guiding and the assisting of labor alon$
proper business and economic lines. These principles are universally
recognized in the business world today, and are necessarily becoming more
evident in every American shop as the competition grows keener and the
necessity for the utmost proficiency correspondingly greater.
This is especially true in a plant where so many different trades art
involved as in a shipyard. Only by dint of constant attention to details
and careful booking of results for future comparison can efficient resultf
be arrived at. The difficulty of obtaining such results is greater in pro
portion as the repetition is less.
For some years past we have endeavored to keep careful account of
work done and the time spent thereupon in every department, and the use
of this information has given us a definite idea of the efficiency of out
working force, and has allowed them in turn to make higher earnings
with correspondingly greater satisfaction to us both.
Specialization of the work to which this points the way, eliminatior
of unnecesary processes, and the necessity for proper aids to efficiency are
three of the cardinal principles of scientific management which we have
used, and are using more and more every day in the development of this
We have not adopted the Taylor system as such, as our work is so
complex a variety that we cannot employ any such general scheme in all
our departments. We are, however, as is everyone else at present, con
stantly striving to increase the efficiency of the labor employed, and, with
very few exceptions, in every case where a systematic study of the ques
tion has permitted the introduction of premium' or contract work lessened
costs have meant greater earnings to
the workers who brought them about,
and this with no injurious results
By H. E. CKOSSWEU
ftalelsh. N. C.
I bejieve that false teeth-are one of the
elements in modern times which contribute
to shorten life.
That is one of my pet hobbies, and al
though I am often laughed at for holding
such an opinion, I believe it is correct and
I will tell you why. A man rarely needs
a set of false teeth until he is nearing fifty
at the earliest, and he usually manages to
get along for perhaps eight or ten years
before that on a few natural teeth.
He is getting old in the meantime, and
finding himself hampered by inadequate
teeth. He must perforce forego many ar
ticles of food which other people can eat without any difficulty. Now, after '
ten years, perhaps, of abstinence from heavy foods, difficult to-masticate,
and getting older every day, he purchases' a set of false teeth. Immedi
ately he feels rejuvenated and starts to eating anything and everything
with the avidity of a schoolboy. But his stomach rebels, although in
many cases the man feels no ill effects at the time.
But after a while he gets indigestion, dyspepsia and a thousand other
complaints, and all because of his false teeth. If he had let them alone
he would have continued eating easily digestible food and his stomach, to
say nothing of years to his lifetime, would have been saved. No, sir,
I don't wear false teeth, and I never shall.
I possess the same fluency and com
mand of German and English, but possibly
I can use the English just a trifle more
readily as I converse in it oftener than the
other, which is my native tongue. When
speaking with my father and mother I in
variably speak German.
A good many years ago I had a very
fair mastery of Italian and Spanish, but
through disuse I have utterly lost the abil
ity to converse in either. French I read
with ease, but seldom essay to talk it be
cause of bad pronunciation.
After all. a man nowadavs needs to
know but three tongues English, German and French. The Russian
matters little, for one can go all over the czar's dominions on one or two
of the predominant languages.
The English will keep at the head of the procession, for many more
millions employ it than any other one tongue.' While a great language,
it is in some respects very inferior to the German.
One can express his thoughts more clearly, I think, and convey his
exact meaning more accurately in German. By reason of this the Ger
man literature is preferable to the English.
By I. H. GEHRING
In many of the sensational divorce
cases reported in the newspapers a core-
iiri I spondent is named, with dates and places.
" "Jf I The judge hears the case and a decree is
given. But is the corespondent to a divorce
suit not a criminal if the trial judge finds
the allegations true? Is not the one who
has broken up a home, robbed another of
that which is most precious and sacred, a
worse robber than a burglar? Then why
are the guilty ones not prosecuted after
being found offenders in a divorce suit?
Stolen articles can be replaced, but home
ties and peace of mind never.
Could not the legislature amend the present law and grant the trial
judge or jury hearing a divorce case the power at the- same time of sen
tencing the corespondent if guilty to the penitentiary for from one to
'five years, at the same time making other statutory grounds punishable
jby penitentiary sentence? This would soon cure the divorce evil, save
the home ties and protect the children.
By K. J. MARSHALL
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