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Will Maupin's Weekly
EDITED AND PUBLISHER BY HIMSELF
ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR
Editorial Rooms, 436 Banker Life Bldg.
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Publication Rooms, 126-132 North 14th Street
Entered at the poatofflce at Lincoln, Nebraska,
aa second-class mall matter, under the Act of
.Kress of March . 1879.
NOTHING WORTH WHILE TO REGULATE.
Of course the man or newspaper that dares to advocate a loosen
ing up of th'e lines now held over the corporations becomes subject
to the charge of being a "corporation tool."
Very well, let it go at that.
But the fact remains, and can not be disputed, that mder pres
ent conditions Nebraska will not get any great development enter
prises to regulate. Regulatory laws are all right, to be sure, when
there is anything to regulate. But what is the good of regulatory
laws when there is nothing to regulate ?
Does any sane man believe that men are going to come to
Nebraska and invest millions in big public enterprises, all of which
contain an element of risk and all of which must wait several years
for returns, and then be content with a return no greater than
could have been secured from the start by investment in farm
mortgages? Is there any man or set of men with brains enough to
accumulate a million or two of dollars, going to invest the money
in interurban railroads in Nebraska, assume all the risk, do all the
hard work, take chances on ever getting any returns and do this
:n face of the fact that even if their enterprise does prove remuner
ative it will not be any more so than salting away an equal amount
iu a farm loan,
Would you, if yon had a million to invest, invest it in some
big public utility, knowing that the best return you could get would
be 7 or 8 per cent, with a chance that' you'd lose the whole invest
ment? And even if practically guaranteed 7 or 8 per cent, would
you still invest, knowing when you did so that you would be the
target for every cheap politician, that you would be damned and
denounced as a corporation cormorant, and that your every effort
at public enterprise would be under suspicion of graft?
Nebraska has no great interurban railway corporations to regu
late nor will she have until present conditions are considerably
modified. In the meantime, there is a positive need of them. Men
are waiting to invest millions in the development of a great water
power project in Nebraska. They are being held back. By what?
God only knows He and the self-seeking politicians who are using
the proposal as political thunder.
We are sending millions out of the state for fire and life in
surance policies that ought to be bought at home. Why? Because
the Nebraska men who are seeking to develop this great business
in our own state are under suspicion, are charged with being "lob
byists," are hampered and bothered at every turn. They are being
"regulated" out of existence. Pretty soon we'll have some mighty
good laws regulatory of fire and life insurance companies but
there'll be no companies to regulate, save one or two that were
too strong to kill off before this craze for "regulation" set in.
Will Maupin's Weekly believes in regulation of the corporations.
Strict regulation, if you please but sensible regulation. But in the
name of commonsense and business sense let's make it possible
for some big corporations to be born and grow a bit so .we may
have a few of them to regulate. We need them in our business.
THAT INTERMINABLE DELAY.
On June 21, the editor of Will Maupin's Weekly sent the fol
lowing letter to the State Board of Irrigation and Drainage, relative
to the delay in passing upon the priority of filings on the Loup
river by men interested in the development of waterpower :
June 21, 1912.
To the Honorable Board of Irrigation, Highways & Drainage,
Lincoln, Nebraska. e
I wish to call your -attention to the fact that under the law
passed by the last legislature, Sec. 17, of Chap. 153, Laws of 1911,
amending Sec. 6797 of Cobbey's Annotated Statutes, it was made
the duty of your board, immediately upon the passage and approval
of the act, as soon thereafter as possible, and as often as shall be
necessary, to examine into the condition of every water appropria
tion within the state, either through its secretary, or some other
officer, and inquire into the condition of all the ditches and canals
constructed, or partly so, and if upon such report it appears that
any water appropriation has not been used for some useful or bene
ficial purpose, or having been so used at one time, has ceased to be
used for such, purpose for more than three years, then the board
shall, through its secretary, serve notice upon the person, association
or corporation owning the water appropriation or owning the ditch
or canal, requesting them to show cause, at a time and place to be
fixed in said notice, why the water appropriation, owned by such
person or corporation should not be declared forfeited or annulled;
said notice to be served at least thirty days prior to the hearing;
and making such report, which when verified, prime facie evidence
for the forfeiture and annulment of said water appropriation in the
absence of any appearance. And upon appearance, it is the duty
of the board to hear evidence, and if it then appears that such
water appropriation has not been put to a beneficial or useful pur
pose, or having ceased to be used for such purpose for more than
three years, the same shall be declared cancelled and annulled.
The State Engineer, who is the Secretary of the Board, has made
a report upon the filings of the Loup river, which is dated May 17,
1912. It seems well established that parties with sufficient capital
to develop the water power plant are in the field ready to begin
construction work, but owing to the uncertainty of what rights are
in force the project is being held up.
The people of our state are interested in the development of
water power. It is a great natural resource that should be utilized
and the possibilities which its development would bring about are
In view of the public interest in this matter, and in view of the
mandatory character of the statute . requiring your Board to act,
the inquiry naturally is made, "Why is no action being taken on the
report of the Engineer?" - The law makes it plainly your duty
under this statute to proceed to make inquiry and settle these
rights. The public is not especially interested in who owns the
A REAL ECONOMY in the price; and a greater and more real economy
in the value of the price; that's what this sale means. Hart, Schaf fner
& Marx wholesale over lots of suits and trousers for men and young men
HART, SCHAFFNER & MARX
There is always a surplus in the wholesale; they can't figure exactly
what's going to be wanted; we take these lots at the end of their season
at a low price; and you get the benefit
$22.50 and $25.00 Hart, $37.50 and $30.00 Hart, $32.50 and $35.00 Hart,
Schaffner CS, Marx Suits Schaffner CS, Marx Suits Schaffner CEL. Marx Suits
All sorts of fancy weaves and colors; Every variety of plain and fancy blue
They're the finest trousers made ; Hart, Schaf ner & Marx'
certainly know how. Many fine suit patterns among them
$6, $6.50, $7, $7.50 values at $4.75
We've had a notable trade in the special ultra fashions
for young men ; suits extreme in cut and color ; they're all in
cluded in the special prices $11.50, $13.50, $16.50, $19.50
SIMILAR REDUCTIONS ON NORFOLK AND KNICK ER SUITS, SIZES 7 TO 17, AND RUSSIAN AND SAILOR
SUITS, SIZES 2i2 TO 10, ALL MATERIALS, SHADES AND FASHIONS. IT WILL PAY YOU TO INVESTIGATE
THE VALUES WE'RE SHOWING.
We'll Furnish Your Straw Hat
You'll find us ready for any straw hat demand. And
hundreds of men are. coming to this store for their straw
hats, because they have found that we have the largest and
most complete, stock of styles, sizes, shapes and straws that
we have ever carried. You can get a good straw hat here
for $1.00 and better hats for various prices at jumps of 50c
up to $5.00. Give this hat department a chance and you
will find exactly what you want.
ARMSTRONG CLOTHING CO,
mm GOOD CLOTHES MERCHANTS
right, or who secures it, but the public is mightily interested in hav
ing this great natural resource developed.
It is in the public interest, therefore, that I request that your
Board shall proceed to discharge this duty imposed upon it by the
statute to which I have directed your attention, and that this action
be taken at an early date.
, Yours very truly,
WILL M. MAUPIN.
On June 24 the following reply was received from D. D. Price,
state engineer :
"I am in receipt of your letter of June 21 in regard to the
development of water powers on the Platte and Loup rivers. I beg
to advise you that the State Board now has a number of filings for
power on those streams under consideration, and expect to make
an early dispositon of the same. Your letter will be referred to
We know there are a number of filings "under consideration."
That is just what we are objecting to. They hae been under con
sideration long enough. Engineer Price's report was filed more than
six weeks ago. His report is conclusive as to the facts. The action
of the board is merely corroborative. It ought to get down to busi
ness and give men an opportunity to begin work on this great
project. The Loup river power project is of more importance to
Nebraska than the elction of any particular man to state office.
Winning a republican victory under Taft, or winning a demo
cratic victory under Harmon, would reward the plain people for
their efforts just about like the honey in a bumblebee's nest re
wards the searcher.
That low rumbling sound from the regions of the Nebraska
state house must be made by Governor Aldrich trying to straighten
out a few brain convolutions.
Big Business knows no politics, has no party, lacks conscience.
But it will run things until the people get wise enough to run
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go to commit a fool mistake.
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I want a man a good man to act as business maneger
for Will Maupin's Weekly. I am not looking for a man with
"schemes to get the money," but for a man who has the
ability and the energy to take hold of a legitimate newspaper
proposition and push it. The field for such a publication as
I am aiming to make Will Maupin's Weekly a boosting,
building publication working tirelessly and intelligently for
the upbuilding of Nebraska and Nebraska enterprises is un
limited. I have seen enough of it to know that the oppor
tunity is here. That much has already been demonstrated,
but I can not make the newspaper what it should be, and
also attend to the business end of it-. I flatter myself that
I know how to make a newspaper that will appeal directly to
men who are trying to accomplish things worth while ; a
newspaper that will make its influence felt. But circulation
building and advertising solicitation are out of my line. The
right kind of a business man who knows the newspaper busi
ness from the business office end, will find here his golden
But he must be the right kind of a man, and come with
the proper recommendations. He need not have much capi
tal just enough to be an earnest of his intention to " stick'
and "push." He need not have even that if he can show me
the goods. I'll make the newspaper that he can offer to sub
scribers, and the medium that will appeal to expert adver
tisers. But to do that I must be relieved of all financial re
sponsibility for the paper. If you are the man, come on. If
you know the man who will fill the bill, send him along.
But I have no time to waste on men who have "advertising
schemes"-calculated just to get the money quickly. I want
a man who can build for the future while making possible
the present. This is a legitimate enterprise.
WILL M. MAUPIN.
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