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LIXCOIj, NEBRASKA, JUIiT 26, 1912
MEN AND MATTERS
It would seem that death has recently picked upon the Brandeis
family of Omaha. First the father, founder of the huge mercantile
and banking firm of Brandeis & Sons, was called home. Shortly
after the older brother, Emil, was among those lost on the ill-fated
steamer Titanic. And now H. Hugo, second of the three brothers,
has been laid to rest. The Brandeis family, father and three sons,
made their impress upon the west. With unbounded faith in the
future of Omaha and Nebraska they not only invested their all in
the metropolis, but they induced others to do the same thing. As
a result they were among the foremost builders of the new Omaha.
Markedly successful in business, they were just as prominent in all
works calculated to advance the material interests of their city and
state. Every move for civic betterment found them ready to take
hold, with time and money and energy. "What their future plans
were may be judged only by what they performed in the past, and
upon that basis they must have planned magnificent things. The
death of the father and two of the three sons has been a distinct
loss to the state of Nebraska. There are thousands who will join
in the hope that the last ojE the three brothers may long be spared
to continue the great work so splendidly started.
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He is so well qualified for the position, so enthusiastic in all
that he undertakes and such a splendid compromise between the
factions of the party, that the chances are Frank W. Brown, ex
mayor of Lincoln will not stand much show of being selected chair-
man or the democratic state committee. ' It would in all probability
be expecting too much of the party to make such a wise selection
ot nnr.r.ftima a ti.no Mr Ttrrvn would take into the work of
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hnirmnn a wide acquaintance, the implicit confidence of all men
of all parties, a knowledge of Nebraska politics second to that of
no other man, and an enthusiasm that would inspire others, mere
is every reason why the suggestion of Brown for the place should
meet with instant favor in all quarters..
alcohol" and its availability as a cheap fuel. Congress fought over
it for a long time, and the people had an awful job prying loose the
clutches of the oil trust. At least the people thought so. Finally
the people secured permission to make denatured alcohol and we
expected to see an alcohol still on every farm, and coal and gasoline
driven from the market as engine fuel. Nothing doing. Here we
are, facing a gasoline famine, and no denatured alcohol plants
going. With gasoline advancing in price, with no indications of
ever being cheaper, why don't some enterprising automobile man
put up an alcohol still and prepare to; supply the demand of the
We "opine that the democrats of Nebraska would get a lot
more satisfaction out of the mix-up among republicans if their own
condition was a little bit better settled. ;
The World-Herald is quite correct in insisting that neither Mr.
Bryan nor Speaker Clark are issues in this campaign. This news
paper is just as proud of Mr. Bryan's record at Baltimore as any
other of his friends can be, but because Mr. Bryan stood up in the
Baltimore convention and made a fight for progressive ideas is no
reason why he should be particularly singled out for commendation
There were others who fought just as well according to their lights.
Mr. Bryan is not in any immediate need of commendation from
Nebraska democrats. He is too big to need j;hat sort of thing any
more. The men who are insisting that the Grand Island convention
"commend Bryan" are not all of them Mr. Bryan's most sincere
friends. And Mr. Bryan no longer needs to pause to throw rocks
at those who snap and snarl at his heels. Let the democratic con
vention at Grand Island attend to its little job of knitting and
pass up a lot of those foolish little things that can only create
discord, if given attention.
You simply can't beat Nebraska! No matter what other slates'
may do, Nebraska merely smiles, holds her skirts a bit tighter and
sails in the lead. She has been accumulating wealth more rapidly
than any of her sisters during the last ten years. She's got so much
of it that she is actually embarrassed. Even the men arrested for
vagrancy are "lousy with money." A man was arrested in Lincoln
the other day on the charge of vagrancy. He was loafing around
doinff nothinsr. and Ms clothinsr was hardlv fit for erood sociv.
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But when searched at the police station $1,200 in greenbacks and
$3,500 in certified checks were disclosed. In Omaha a man found
sleeping on a Jefferson square bench was arrested. At the police
station he was searched and found to be the possessor of a couple
of one-thousand dollar bills and some small change amounting to
about $350. But these men. were mere pikers compared with Mike
Curtain of Aurora, who was arrested for vagrancy in Omaha last
week. Mike was arrested while playing seven-up behind a bill board
with some friends as tough looking as himself. But when Mike was
searched at the police station he was found to have $2,500 in
currency, a certified check for $7,500, and tangible evidences of
wealth in the way of tax receipts and deeds to show that he is.
worth about $250,000. If this sort of thing keeps up all of us Ne
braskans will have to carry from $2,500 to $5,000 in our clothes, and
even then we are liable to be sent up for having no visible means of
support. ...,;;. , - -
Herman Bidder, treasurer of the democratic national committee
in 1908, seems to be the right sort. Just now the senate is investi-,
gating campaign expenses and in response to a summons Bidder
says: "I have all the books and papers, my health is good and
my memory excellent. I will show every dollar received and from
whom; every dollar paid out, and to whom." This is a refreshing
contrast to the methods of the republican national committee, whose
books are all destroyed, and whose treasurer seems to havte suffered
a lapse of memory. .
The news dispatches inform us that an Indiana man was dis
covered to be insane just as he was about to take unto himself his
tenth wife. My, but they must be a mightly slow lot back in Hoosier
Of course, just as soon as there is a possibility of the gas situa
tion being cleared up and the people given back their over-payments
with cheaper gas, along comes somebody to interpose technicalities
and objections. We frankly confess that we don't care a tinker's
dam what becomes of the Gas Co. But to date it seems to have
managed to get along fairly well. But the Gas Co. is financially
better able to carry on this fight than we are to pay $1.20 per thou
sand cubic feet for the gas it sells. Under existing conditions the
Gas Co. is maintaining the old price and using the money of the
consumers to pay the expense of the litigation. This talk of not
allowing the Gas Co. to "have its own way" is all bosh. Of course
it shouldn't be allowed to have its own way; it should be regulated,
both in its service and in its charges. But where 's the sense in com
pelling consumers to keep on putting up the money whereby the
Gas Co. finances, its fight against the city? Let's get the rebate
and dollar gas now, with 95 cent gas in the near future.
If Woodrow Wilson is elected president and this newspaper
opines that he will be he will not have to depend upon Nebraska
This state's electoral vote will neither make or break him. It is of
vastly more concern to the progressive voters of this state that
the democratic state ticket be elected than that its electoral vote be
given to Wilson. It is high time Nebraska had a governor who
conducted the state 's business upon a business basis ; high time that
broadminded business men be put in charge of the departments ;
Jiigh time the state have more and better service from its servants
find less grandstanding and hotairing. This is the real issue in
Nebraska bull nioosers and standpatters to the contrary notwithT
NEBRASKA'S FRUIT CROP.
We indignantly deny that a slice of constitutional amendment
printing would influence a single solitary newspaper in Nebraska.
But we notice that Governor Aldrich has thrown the aforesaid pie
to the papers that have been boosting him the hardest, and that
one little newspaper pretending to be democratic, and which has
bolted Morehead, is among those designated. At the moment of
this writing Governor Morehead has not designated the Lancaster
county newspapers that are to be recipients of pastry. If Will
Maupin's Weekly happens to be one of the designated ones it will
be because the governor knows it is the most thoroughly read news
paper in the county, not because he expects any support therefrom.
This newspaper is for John II. Morehead for governor because it
is convinced that he is far and away the best equipped man for
There is every indication that Nebraska's fruit crop this year
will be enormous. The apple crop barring accidents will be bet
ter than the hve year average, and as good or better than the 1911
crop. With better knowledge of how to select and nack and shin
more apples will be marketed this year than ever before, and to
lar Detter advantage.
Having broken away from the old idea that it was only neces
sary to set out an apple orchard and wait for it to come into bear
ing, Nebraska fruit erowers are. now comino- into -their num As
a result of scientific culture and modern methods of handling the
crop, Nebraska's orchards are becoming wonderfully valuable, and
tney are demonstrating that Nebraska is capable of becoming the
greatest apple producing state in the Union. While Washington
Oregon, Idaho and Colorado are boasting of their apple orchards
Nebraska is quietly raising more apples than anv .one nf them
Three Nebraska counties produce more apples than the whole of
Colorado and better apples, at that. Nebraska apples are the
best apples in the world. The only reason whv the fact is not wn
erally known is that Nebraska apple raisers have not been careful
enougn in selecting and packing. Some day, in the not distant
mture, the hills ot eastern .Nebraska will be one vast apple orchard
and Nebraska apples will be known the world over.
Rev. Mr. Brown of Chicago is pastor of a small church, receives
no salary, and makes a living selling insurance. Recently he invested
' $100 in advertising his religion and a result made two converts.
Now he is a firm believer in newspaper advertising of church work.
There ought to be thousands of such believers. Advertising is mere
ly calling attention to a good thing. The Nazarene gave us the
right advertising tip when He said: "And I, if I be lifted up, will
draw all men unto Me." A well written advertisement will reach
thousands of people while a pastor is talking to a few hundreds:
A year or two ago we heard a great deal about "denatured
"MADE IN NEBRASKA" PAVILLION.
, A couple of years ago we heard something nhnnt hniiin..
pavillion on the State Fair grounds for the exhibition of goods
manuiactured in .Nebraska. It was an awfully good idea what has
become of it? We have separate departments for cattle raised in
Nebraska, for hogs raised in Nebraska, for chickens raised in Ne-
urasKa. vny not a separate department for made in Nebraska
goods! It would have to be a nrettv bi Henrtmer. .
are manufacturing $300,000,000 worth of goods in Nebraska every
year xruin automoDiies to baby carriages. Such a department
could easily be made one of the greatest attractions of what is al
ready the greatest state fair in America. It is to be hoped that the
managers of the big Nebraska exposition will not let another year
go by without having a "made in Nebraska" department.
We have always taken off our hat when we met up with Rev.
Charles W. Savidge of Omaha. It is a pleasure and a privilege to
stand uncovered in the presence of such a whole-souled, God-fearing,
big-hearted man as this Omaha preacher has proved himself to be.
Rev. Mr. Savidge is always and forever planning good works for
the benefit of his fellows, and what is more he invariably makes good
with his plans. The fact that he hasn't got a dollar when he begins
planning something calling for big expenditures does not worry
him -a bit. He knows his work is needed, and his faith tells him
that when the times comes, to pay the bills he'll have the money.
And he always has it, too. i His supreme faith has been vindicated ,
time and. again. Right now he is planning a $40,000 "House of
Hope" for. the shelter and care of aged and infirm women.., ! . He
hasn't got a dollar on hand for it, but he is getting ready to begin
work on the building. He hasn't even got the land on which to
build it. But he will have the land when the time comes. And he
will have the money to pay for the material and for the workmen.
We are pinning our faith to Rev. Charles W. Savidge. And how
we do wish we had a lot more ministers like him. '
Hereafter prize fight pictures will not be a part of. the money
making machinery of the prize ring. The transportation of prize
fight picture films from one state into another will be under the ban,
and the interstate commerce commission will pnforce the law. This
will not put an end to prize fighting, but it will make the ring less
attractive because it will materially decrease the size of the purses
offered, and will cause prize fight promoters to be a bit more
economical. ' ' .
Roosevelt has adopted "Thou shalt not steal", as the slogan of
the bull moosers. "Thou shalt not steel" would have sounded better
in 1907, about the time of that merger of the steel trust with Tennes
see coal and iron. ,
Ie departing from Lincoln, where he has been superintendent of
schools for many years, Prof. Stephens recommends a radical increase
in the pay of teachers. Of course the teachers should be better paid.
It ist a disgrace to Nebraska, this wage scale of her teachers. The
average teacher, to whom the early and most lasting training of the
ehild is given, receives less wage per year than the average waitress
in a good restaurant; less wage than the average common, laborer.
Our teachers should be the best paid professional workers of all,
for their duties are the most important. We know a Nebraska
county where a dozen farmers of a certain township got together
and bought a stallion, paying $1,200 for it. Then they paid a. man
$75 a month to care for the animal. Two of the co-operative society
were members of the school board.' A few weeks after they agreed
to pay a man $75 a month to groom that stallion, these two men
employed a young girl at $30 a month to teach the district school.
Seventy-five a month to improve horses, and $30 a month to improve
children! Think that over. ' . '
Nearly two months since the engineer of the state board of
irrigation made his report on the Loup river , situation and the
governor and his associates are still delaying a decision. Why T
Men are waiting to invest millions in developing a huge power pro
ject. They are estopped by the failure of the state board to follow
the plain mandates of the law. The specious plea of "protecting
the dear people" is put up, but it will deceive only those who dearly
love to be deceived. The development of Nebraska's water power is
of vastly more moment to Nebraska than the election of any man to.
state office. . . ; ' ;
Judge Hanford of Seattle found his health demanded hisVreisig
nation just at the moment when he became convinced that his
crooked work was about to be exposed. The American people ought
to get busy calling the attention of a lot of other federal judges to
he condition of the judicial health.
' If you know anything good to say about Nebraska, or any of
Ler counties or cities, tell Will Maupin's Weekly and it will tell
all the world. That's just what Will Maupin's Weekly is here for.
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