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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 20, 1912)
wheat and corn
crop this year
will be worth
more than $125,-000,000.
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will be" . worth
-nore than $75,-
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SEPTEMBER 20, 1912
j THE EXPERIENCES OE A BOOSTER
There is a lot of joy in being a "Booster" for something worth
. while but mixed in with it is a lot of grief and anxiety. One is met
on every hand by congratulations upon one's enterprise and public
spirit but, unfortunately, the man who devotes himself to boosting
for some big public enterprise can not eat congratulations. And if
be were to appear on the streets clothed in nothing but the congratu
lations he receives he would be arrested. So, also, if he undertook
to feed the wife and babies, and clothe them, with nothing but the
aforesaid congratulations he would be haled up for failing to provide
for his own.
About two years ago I conceived the idea that a publication
do voted to telling the truth about Nebraska's wonderful resources
and trying to arouse a state pride and loyalty that would lead to a
solidified support of Nebraska industrial and business institutions,
would be welcomed. I was not mistaken about the welcome. That
part of it has been cordial in the extreme. Where my mistake came
in, seemingly, was in believing that the people would take, enough
interest in learning about their own state and boosting it, to make
uch a publication profitable enough to warrant me in devoting my
time to it. I believed that the Nebraska industrial and business
institutions that I tried to benefit by encouraging the home patronage
idea would join with me to a liberal extent. That was, to all appear
ances, another mistake.
I did find many Nebraskans who evidenced their willingness to
co-operate by putting up the price of a subscription. I did find a
few manufacturers and business men who heartily approved of my
idea and manifested it by advertising. But I found more men who
aid something like this :
"You are doing a splendid work, old man, and it ought to be ap
preciated." "Thank you," I replied. "How about becoming a subscriber?"
r Mj can't do it. I'm getting more papers now than I have time
to look at.' Later, perhaps, 111 subscribe, but I can't afford it now."
Or some manufacturer, seeking to convince Nebraskans that a
Nebraska-made article was equal to the best and better than most,
would say :
"You've got the right idea, old man; keep it up. We ought to
be building up industries right here in Nebraska instead of sending
our good money abroad."
, That's right," I replied. "How about advertising your product
in my paper, and thus help me continue the propaganda in favor of
home patronage t" . ' '
"I'd like to do it, but we have already exceeded our advertising
appropriation. Maybe a little later we'll do something, but right
now we are unable to do it."
This has not always been true but it has been the case often
enough to make such into a pretty big majority.
Still I am not complaining, mind you. I have cheerfully accepted
the situation and gone ahead as best I could. The work and worry
incident to trying to keep up the boosting game have been made
lighter now and then by some funny incidents. Once I printed a
pretty good article or thought it was on the advantages of pat
ronizing home institutions ,and among numerous congratulations I
received one from a manufacturer who wrote a strong letter in which
he commended the article and asserted that if all Nebraskans would
join in the movement we'd soon build up a big industrial system.
The letter was written on a letterhead printed in St. Louis. Another
i manufacturer stopped me on the street to congratulate and thank
me, and in his enthusiasm asked me in to have a cigar. Without
asking me to express a choice he called for a particular brand one
made in Philadelphia. One Omaha man refused to advertise in my
paper because it is published in Lincoln, and a couple of L'neoln
men refused to advertise because I took advertising from Omaha
concerns. I have said good words for republicans and been charged
by my democratic friends with "selling out." And because I have
said good words about my democratic friends I have been charged
with running a "partisan paper." '
But mixed in these experiences have been some that were quite
to the contrary. An ex-Nebraskan, living now in New York, saw
one of my articles about Nebraska and liked it so well he not only
subscribed for himself but for five friends. A Lincoln banker was so
enthused over my efforts to boost Nebraska that he subscribed for
ten years in advance, and an Omaha business man exceeded that
limit by several years. However, these instances were so rare as to
enable me to keep them in mind without undue effort.
The gratifying part of the whole thing has been the number of
' people who have expressed themselves as heartily in favor of a
publication that would devote itself to advertising the great re
sources and possibilities of Nebraska but the disappointment has
been in the number of people who seem to have failed to grasp the
fact that it takes money to run a newspaper of any kind. Tt has
been a joy to write the stuff, but, speaking as plain as the English
language and the postoffice authorities will permit, it has been
h 1 to put the stuff into print.
I haven't been publishing Will Maupin's Weekly because I
couldn't find anything' else to do. I have been doing it becaus-3 I
Thought it a good work to engage in, hoping all the time that it
would strike a popular chord with enough vigor to bring a fairly
good financial return. That it struck a popular chord I still believe;
that it struck it hard enough to make it worth "while to continue the
effort is a question' that I have just, about decided in the negative.
Maybe the gloomy weather of the past week or so has affected me
like it has some of my acquaintances. Maybe I'm suffering from a
temporary fit of the blues. Maybe not, for I rather pride myself on
being more optimistic than the average. But frankness compels tht
statement that it is mighty discouraging to keep boosting and boost
ing and boosting, and then have men who ought to be most inter
ested in the boosting game, hand out nothing but words of congratu
lation upon the booster's efforts, leaving the booster to foot the bills
as best he can. , . -
Yet, after all, I believe that my idea is well founded, and that
in time it will "pan out." The trouble right now is my inability to
keep "shaking the pan." I've been up against it several times, but
have always managed to wriggle away; this time I'm jammed up
against it so hard I'll have to scrape myself off with a trowel.
I would be as cheerful as a cricket and as free from worry as
a clam if those who have been reading my paper for a year or two,
unmindful of the fact that every copy costs money, would sit right
down and send in the dollar they know they owe or ought to know
they owe. But if they neglect it any longer they'll not get anymore
copies of Will Maupin's Weekly nor will anybody else.
A dollar invested in a subscription will serve three good purposes.
First, it will help keep going , a publication whose chief mission Is
to make known the truth about Nebraska. Second, it will provide
the investor with a liberal' education concerning his own state.
Thirdly, and by no means lastly, it will help one man with a pretty
big family all born in Nebraska to solve the problem 'of the
"high cost of living."
No matter what happens, personally I'll always be boosting
for Nebraska. It is the best state in the Union. But I deemed it
the proper time to sit right down at my trenchant typewriter, and
write plainly about matters as they stand. " In the language of
Grover Cleveland, "It is a condition, not a theory, that confronts
WHAT IS HURTING LINCOLN NOV
ONE ON JUDGE ENGLAND.
Judge England was conversing with Dr. Hall in the Central Na
tional bank the other day, and the topic of conversation turned to
early financial experiences.
"I dropped into Anamoosa, Iowa, a number of years ago," said
Judge England. "I expected to meet the agent' of my company
there and get some money, but the agent failed to show up and I
couldn't find him. I didn't have a cent in my pocket, was mighty
hungry and wanted to get out of town on an early train. Finally I
walked into one of the banks, stepped up to the cashier and said :
'My name is England and I am the adjuster for the Nonesuch In
surance Co. of Council Bluffs. I expected to meet our agent, Mr.
Blank, but he is not here. I'm broke and I want to know if you'll
take chances on this face of mine and let me have $25.' The cashier
looked at me and said: 'Yes, sir; IH let you have $25, or any other
amount you want, on that face.' I tell you that made me feel mighty
good. Do you know any bankers in Anamoosa, Doc?"
"No, I don't," replied Dr. Hall. "But I remember reading some
years ago that an. Anamoosa banker had been swindled on the old
gold brick game. Was it the one you transacted business with?"
The subsequent lunch for two was put on one check, and once
more Judge England transacted business with the cashier.
NEBRASKA MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
The manufacturers of Nebraska have been called to meet in con
vention in Omaha on November 14, the purpose being to organize
a state association. David Cole, president of the Omaha Manufactur
ers' Association, is chairman of a committee having the matter, in
charge. The move is a wise one) and should have been made long
ago. There has never been enough "team work" on the part of
Nebraska manufacturers. They have been lamentably lacking, in
educational work looking to. the cultivation of the "home patronage"
idea. Some fifteen or eighteen years ago a- start was made and an
organization founded which purposed working along that line, but
it died prematurely because of the panic that struck the country
about that time, and since then it has been every fellow for himself.
We do not know what the promoters of the coming convention.
are planning to do, but we are of the opinion that it should not
neglect the starting of & thoroughly live propaganda in favor of
"home patronage" and "stand up for Nebraska." Of course they
will be charged with having a selfish motive, and the charge will be
true. But they will have very little difficulty in proving that the
benefits will not be one-sided by any means, and that the stronger
grows the "home patronage" idea the better it will be for everybody
in the state. Let Nebraska manufacturers first convince the people
that, what they offer is as good as the best, better than most and
worth the price asked, and then proceed to point out the mutual
benefits to all concerned of keeping Nebraska money at home to the
largest extent possible.
We of Lincoln have been boasting about our "culchaw" and
our wonderful interest in matters educational for a long time, but
it rather takes the wind out of our sails to' learn that South Omahaf
about half the size of Lincoln, with not a tithe of Lincoln's wealth
and making no pretense of especial interest in education, has spent
ten dollars to Lincoln's one during the last few years to provide
There isn't a city of 5,000 or more population in Nebraska that
has a high school building as mean and as inadequate as the one that
disgraces Lincoln. And now that we have at last set the machinery
in motion to secure a decent, up-to-date and adequate high school
building, along comes somebody and throws a monkey wrench into
the cogs. Of course the flinger of the monkey wrench insists that he
is actuated, by disinterested motives. Far be it from us to impugn
those motives. But then we look about and see the miserable school
facilities provided by this self-satisfied community we Wonder that
any man would have the heart to throw any obstacle whatever,, and
from whatever motive, in the way of bettering them. Any man
who has grown rich .because thousands of workers have builded a
city here, making his property valuable or his services worthy of
high remuneration, ought to be ashamed to obstruct ' the move
because it may increase his taxes. The man who has no children to
educate ought to be ashamed of himself if he opposes the needed im
provements because of that fact. 1 - t
With possibly two exceptions there isn't a school in Lincoln
with adequate recreation grounds. The main building on the high
school grounds should have been condemned as unsafe and torn down
fifteen years ago. One-half of the ward schools are unsanitary, tin
safe and wholly inadequate.- Not one is capable of allowing the
best results because of over-crowding, lack "of apparatus and general -unfitness,
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We might just as well face the situation as it is and 'admit tne
facts. We've been boasting about our high standard of morality, ..."
priding ourselves upon our superior virtue and swelling up at the
thoughts of how artistic we are,' until we have fallen so far behind
in the educational procession that we have difficulty in following the
trail of more progressive municipalities. And just when we awaken
to the facts, and set about remedying the situation- crash! slam!?
Bang! Into the machinery goes a monkey wrench! : ; :
Lincoln has a corps of teachers in her schools who are as good
as the best. But were they, ten times as proficient they couldn't'
produce the best results under present conditions. Imagine a teacher
trying to instruct 60 boys and girls, no two alike mentally,, and get
ting results worth while. A community that is content to crowd 60
or 70 pupils into one room under the guidance of one teacher, or
compel a thousand students to crowd into an unsanitary and unsafe
high school building, would easily become content with no schools
We don't know a thing about the legal technicalities of the pres- '
ent suit at law relative to the proposed building of new school
houses. But we do know that a city that is in as dire need of new
buildings as Lincoln is right now and has been for ten years ought
to say "to helj with legal technicalities" and get the buildings with- ,
out delay. - -'; : ' :--" "
We believe that the board of education is made up of men and
women who are thoroughly honest, pretty levelheaded and inspired
with a desire to improve conditions. And we do not think much of
the man, whoever he may be, who seeks to obstruct the movement
calculated to remedy the present disgraceful situation.
ISN'T IT THE TRUTH?
The easiest thing in the world to give is advice. . The easiest
thing in the world to make is criticism. The easiest thing in the
world to take is offense. . . .
During the state fair we, wandered, down among the hog pens ,
in company with a friend from Fremont who is interested in hogs.
We stopped to look at a mighty fine boar of the Duroc-Jersey per
suasion, and while doing so chanced to overhear a conversation be
tween a middleaged farmer and his wife. They were discussing the
advisability of purchasing the aforesaid boar for $3Q0. -After dis
cussing it pro and con 'they decided that it would be a profitable
investment and moved away to make thej deal. My Fremont friend,
who is interested in other things than hogs, followed the- old couple ,
with his eyes until they were lost in the crowd, then hie turned to me
and said: . , . ..' , ."v"';".: ,
"Billy, they talked an hour about paying $300 for a boar pig
to improve their herd, and I'll bet four dollars their daughter is go
ing with and is engaged to some red-eyed, receding chinned, thin
blooded fellow who isn't worth the price of a charge of powder big
enough to blow him to Hades, and without their ever having taken
the trouble to ascertain his pedigree or learn whether he is fit to
mate with their daughter. " A lot of care to see that their hogs are
mated right, and not a bit to see that their daughter is!" y
And if you will take the trouble to carefully, observe the boys .
and girls who crowd the streets of Lincoln at hours when they ought
to be either in bed or deep in study, you'll admit that my Fremont
friends put his finger on a mighty sore spot on the body politic.
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