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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (July 12, 1912)
By FRANK CRANE
A MAN'S first duty," said an eminent English scientist, "is
to find a way to support himself, thereby relieving other
people of the necessity of supporting him."
That I consider a shrewd observation.
Whatever may be your nature, whether you feel yourself to be an
artist, or experience within yourself the movings of poesy, it is well to
learn to do something that will enable yon to exist with self-respect b;
taking yourself off other people's backs.
The one work to take up is some kind of work the world is willing
to pay for.
Yon may be created to do something wonderful or beautiful or wise,,
bat primarily you are created to do something for men that will persuade)
them to feed and clothe you.
First earn your salt, then come on with your message.
In the olden days the Jews taught every child a trade. The youth
might grow up to be a learned rabbi, but on a pinch he could mend chairs.
Saint Paul was a tent maker. He discharged his debt to the race by
making tents; he threw in his gospel as boot.
It is what you do to boot that brings you glory and honor, praise and
power. Buttion't forget your main duty, which is to earn your wage.
If you don't have to work for a living it is too bad. You may amount
to something, but the chances are against you. '
A few endowed gentlemen and ladies have helped the world along
little, in the course of history, but no enough to matter.
Most people look upon a condition where they would be freed from
the struggle for bread and butter and house rent as a heaven devoutly to
Hence we have erected universities and scholarships and endowments
O that superior folk might devote all their energies to higher things.
For the most part those segregated and sheltered classes have done noth
ing much but maintain old ideas long after they are dead and should have
been buried, or contribute to the already endless bric-a-brac of learned use
Wage labor is work. What you do after you work is play.
Your play is the best thing you do. All true art, philosophy and
religion is the soul's play. There's no wage for it, and there never can be.
If you work all the time you become stupid, like the huge monej
If you play all the time, like the endowed folk, yon become silly, proh
tbly also vicious.
If therefore you would be normal, healthy and happy, do something
tach day that mankind is willing to pay money for, put forth some effort
reducible to the common denominator of human activity money; do that
first, then do something that cannot be paid for.
Perhaps yon can do both at the same time.
By Ekaaer I. LarriiM, CUcae
Connoisseurs say that fish living lazily
in deep pools where existence is easy are
poor in quality, whereas those in running
water where food is hard to get and dangers
are all around to be guarded against have
the finest, the real exquisite flavor.
So it would seem that nature favors the
strenuous life not that purposeless, result
less buzzing about in the squirrel cage
which some people call life, any 'more than
the eternal sitting with folded hands and
empty brain, but the great common lot,
that of hustling for a living for self and
Plenty of love, work and play are what are good for us play to
build us up when we are weary, work to keep us from getting into mis
chief, love to make work worth while. "
And if we are unhappy, most likely there is something wrong with
that great life trinity. The ideal lot would be congenial work that into
which one could put one's very best, loving and being loved by delightful
people, and having the means of real recreation that which verily re
creates always at hand.
But in this very practical world, which is only a training school any
how, it would seem that it is enough for the average man if these three
ar present, even in imperfection.
Most of us must love very ordinary folks, for we are ourselves of the
ordinary sort; most of us haven't had the time or means to develop all
that may be in us, much less find the round orsquare holes that exactly
fit our round or square shapes ; most of us can't choose between golf,
automobiling, tennis, horseback riding and fancy gymnastics at the ath
letic club, but must content ourselves with walking home from business
or a game of ball with the boys in the back yard.
But only when we love heartily and work well and play whenever we
get a chance will life be wholesome, human, real.
Sir WILLIAM O. JOHNSON.
In a railway or other accident a man
may be scared within an inch, or even
within half an inch, of his life; he may get
such a fright as will all but kill him, but
unless the fear leaves permanent and pain
ful physical effects, he has no redress in a
suit for damages. A decision handed down
by a North Carolina court says that "mere
fright is not actionable." A person must
suffer both in body and in mind and b
made sick in order to recover damages.
That sounds like good common sense,
and it is doubtless good law, but can a gen
eral rule be applied in all cases? Suppose
two persons occupy a seat in a railway car that is wrecked, but neither is
injured physically in the least. Suppose also that one of the two is hardy,
robust, courageous, with a strong nervous organization, while the other is
weak, timid, with shattered nerves. The shock might easily cause the
nervous person to Buffer both in mind and in body and be made sick,
while the other escaped with no unpleasant permanent effects whatever.
Would the fright in one case be actionable, and not actionable in the
other? Would the railway company be held responsible for the nervous
condition of all the passengers? In that case it might be necessary ta
have specialist to examine passengers before they board the trains or trol
!ly cars, in order that the company might not be liable. Such delicate
and subtle things as nerves are hard to control, even by profound and
jvall-established principles of law.
FACTS TO THINK ABOUT
In the matter sf street car service Lincoln has a greater" can mileage than
any other city her size in the United States.
Lincoln's street cars cover every twenty-four hours a distance greater than
from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.
The Lincoln Traction Co., pays annually more than $375,000 in wages to
citizens of Lincoln. It is the largest employer of labor in Lincoln, apart from
the steam railroads.
It pays to the city in the shape of taxes and percentage on the gross earn
ings more than any other corporation or concern -more than enough to pay for
the maintenance of the police force. , .
The interests of the Lincoln Traction Co., and of the city of Lincoln are
The prosperity of one is the prosperity of the other. The two corporations
should be working in harmony.
Help us to make street car travel easier and safer; help us to develope the
city and surrounding territory"..
The Lincoln Traction Company
HOW KANSAS DOES IT.
Kansas is the best known state in the Union because she has
advertised herself. Kansas never does things by halves. She goes to
it with a vim, or she doesn't start. When she starts she either- fin
ishes with a whoop or manages to make people forget the start.
We were in Kansas the first of this week, and spent three days
at Topeka. AVhile there we spent all the time we could trying to
ascertain how Kansas gets all this publicity. We found out. She
secured a man who knew Kansas, knew how to tell about her good
points and an enthusiast in the telling. Then she paid , this man a
good salary, made his position secure against partisan political
intrigue, and told him to "go to it and Kansas will foot the bills."
And Kansas not only pays the bills without a murmur, but she
is tickled to death with results. '
F. D. Coburn loves his work. He has made Kansas famous be
cause he has had the ability to tell about her and the backing to
make his voice ring around the world. When Coburn gets out a
particularly good bulletin on Kansas he isn't limited as to number.
He can print 'em by the million if he wants to. He spends more
money for postage on advertising dope for Kansas than Nebraska
allows for the maintenance of her bureau of statistics. He hasn't
got any better subject for song and story than a man similarly
placed in Nebraska would have. But the great difference is that
when Coburn sings of Kansas the whole state plays the accompani
ment. He sings about Kansas wheat, and the whole world listens
and hears; but Kansas doesn't raise as much wheat 'to the acre as
Nebraska. But because of Coburn 's splendid work Kansas is the
best known wheat producer,, while the better wheat producer is
seldom heard of away from home.
Nebraska provides about $2,000 a year for collecting her agricul
tural and manufacturing statistics, printing them and then dis
tributing them. Kansas gives Coburn anything he wants. While Ne
braska is spending $2,000 a year in an effort to collect and publish
her statistics, Kansas is spending ten or twelve times that much.
Nebraska spends an average of $400 for a biennial report of her
bureau of labor and industrial statistics; Coburn 's biennial report
costs from $11,000 to $15,000. Nebraska's commissioner has to plan
and scheme and sweat to keep within his appropriation, but Coburn
merely goes ahead and the people gladly pay the bills because he
delivers the goods. He delivers the goods because h is not handi
capppd. In the matter of agriculture Nebraska is far and away
ahead of Kansas. But because Kansas has seen the wisdom of
judicious advertising she has made the world believe that she is the
greatest agricultural region in the world. That's one reason why
Kansas has 1,900,000 people and Nebraska 1,275,000.
Coburn doesn't do a blooming thing but gather the statistics of
Kansas, put them into interesting shape and scatter them all over
the world. The man who is expected to do similar work in Nebraska
iias a stenographer to help him, while Coburn has a half-dozen men
under him. And the Nebraska commissioner has other work loaded
off on him work that Kansas employs from twelve to seventeen men
to do. And Kansas men do it. They are paid for doing it, are ex
pected to do it, and have the means to do it with. The fact of the
matter is, Kansas conducts her public business on real business lines.
When she wants a thing done she employs a man to do it who knows
how to do that particular thing. Then she pays him decently. We
haven't got that far along in Nebraska. We select men to do certain
lines of work, not for their fitness but for their genial ways, then
do not expect them to do it properly and make the fact known by
not paying them a decent wage. As a result it isn 't done.
Nebraska could get better results than Kansas from the proper
advertising of her agricultural resources. Why? Because she is a
better agricultural state than Kansas. She has more advantages
to offer the homeseeker and the home builder. She could make a
better showing along many lines of human endeavor. And she has
men who can sing about Nebraska just as musically and just as
fetchingly as Coburn sings about Kansas, and who would do it if
they had the same music that accompanies Coburn.
A mighty fine man, F. D. Coburn. He knows his Kansas. Kan
sas knows her Coburn. There you are! Kansas says: "Tell 'em
about us, Coburn, and send in your bill." Coburn does it, does it
right, and Kansas comes across without a whimper.
Nebraska ought to be getting into the publicity game. It isn't
necessary to spend millions at it, but it is necessary to quit being
parsimonious and foolish and appropriate a sum that won't be a
joke. ( .
"How much am I allowed for printing?" replied Coburn when
asked the question direct. ,"As much as I want. I've never been
denied a requisition. I simply ask for what I think my department
needs, and I never fail to receive what I ask for." '-
Now you know why Kansas is so well advertised. , She has the
man and pays him a fair wage. Then she trusts him to do the
work right and cherfully foots the hills he contracts. ,
Uncle Tom Bloodhounds Are Eaters
ST. LOUIS. Four large bounds, pos
sessed of appetites, commensurate
with tbeir size, are perplexing William
U. Halbert. of Belleville, public ad
ministrator of St. Clair county, Illi
nois. The dogs formerly belonged to
an "Uncle Tom's Cabin" show owned
by E. C. Chunn, who died in East St.
Louis several months ago, and Hal
bert says they rapidly are eating up
all that is left of the estate.
The hounds, each one of which
stands a few hands shorter than a
small pony, came by their appetites
honestly, ; it would seem. For years
they chased the elusive Eliza across
the papier mache ice, always just, a
trifle too far behind to sink their
teeth in the persecuted young woman.
After the show was closed they cried
for Eliza for a while, but later signi
fied they would be satisfied with plain,
ordinary beef, or something better.
When Halbert first came into pos
session of the dogs the rest of the es
tate of the one-time owner of the show
was intact, - and he even could afford
to buy porterhouse for the animals il
they insisted on having it. Halbert
hadn't had charge of the estate long,
however, when the dead owner's fath
er, J. C. Chunn, filed a claim for the
personal effects of his son. These
personal effects consisted of a passen
ger coach and scenery and other para
phernalia necessary to the show.
Halbert fought the giving up of the
passenger coach with the idea that if
the worst came to the worst he could
house the hounds in it and ship them
from place to place that they might
"board around" on their relatives. He
lost the suit, however, and found him
self the mortified possessor of tna
dogs, which, after the 'manner of their
kind, lost no time in signifying they
would be pleased to sit down to a
good meal. J '
So far they have cost him more
than $100, and none of them has in
dicated he is ready to get old and die
or quit eating just because the novelty
has worn off.
"If they were elephants," Halbert
soliloquizes, 'T could feed them hay.
They eat as much asa horsey but they
won't touch oats. I hate to- thinli
that meat is higher than it has beer
in 20 years."
Frisco Laborers Find a Wine Cellar
SN FRANCISCO. That men may
drink champagne on a steam beer
salary has received convincing proof.
Around the ruins of the Grand Hotel
at Stevenson and New Montgomery
streets were a lot of $2-a-day laborers
the other day who were nursing as
sorted "heads," but who were very
happy just the same.
During the work of clearing the
ruins an old rock crusher that stood
on thejot was toppled over under the
instructions of the foreman. The fore
man, the day being hot, then adjourn
ed to a nearby buffet to quench his
thirst. When he returned to the field
he found that every man jack of his
laborers had disappeared.
Their coats were still hanging
around on fences and the foreman was
puzzled, not having reason to believe
there had been a walk-out, until the
Sound of popping corks, coming from
the near distance, mingled with gusty
laughter, attracted his attention to
where the rock crusher had stood. ,
He hurried over there to discover
his entire crew sitting around the floor
of the wine cellar that had been ex
posed, drinking the cream of the
choice stock of liquors that had made
the old Grand hotel bar famous.
After the wreck of the hotel h
1906 no one gave a thought to the,"
wine cellar and the stock of old
wines, assuming that the stock had
been ruined. i .
Colonel Kirkpatrlck of the Palace,
when advised of the find and asked
what disposition he wanted made of
the wines, said:
"Let the laborers dispose of IL The
wine is theirs by right of discovery.
For once in their Uvea let them drink
the wine that men drink who can bet
ter afford It and who used to drink It
in the Grand hotel bar in the old
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