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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1912)
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"MAUPIN ON NEBRASKA." 1 1
Lincoln. Neb., Sept. 20. To the fditor of the World-Herald:
Traveling extensively over Nebraska, I have been amazed and dumb
founded with the ignorance of Nebraskans themselves concerning its
wonderful resources and unbounded possibilities, and its splendid
1 istory. I am not overstating matters, I believe, when I say that the
average Nebraskan knows more about New York than he does about
Nebraska, and that the average Nebraska school child knows more
about Italy, Russia, China and Japan than about his or her own state.
After having bounded Nebraska, named her capital, and mentioned
the Platte river, and a few other things, the average pupil of the Ne
braska public schools has given in detail nearly all the knowledge
possessed hf them relative to Nebraska.
A short time ago I had the pleasure of listening to Will Maupin
r s he delivered a most interesting illustrated lecture on Nebraska. It
impressed ine very much. While I had always flattered myself that
I knew a groat deal about Nebraska, this lecture told me and showed
me more than I had ever dreamed of. His comparisons were clear
and intensely interesting, and he talked in a way that would not only
interest the average high school and grammar grade pupils, but
would give them a wealth of information about their "own state
and encourage them to deeper study of other states and of problems
social and industrial. ' .
In my judgment, our public schools are not teaching enough
about agriculture and horticulture. It is a subject entitled to a sep
arate course of study. After hearing Maupin 's lecture the idea sug
gested itself to me: Why not have Maupin address every graded
public school in Nebraska during the coming winter. The matter of
expense would be small; the benefits to the state at large would be
enormous. He could render a great service by interesting the boys
and girls in the wonderful resources of this state, doing it through
the medium of the boards of education in the various cities, and in
doing that he would get them more and more interested in agricul
ture and horticulture. I would suggest that the expense be borne by
the district, the same as the expenses for any other teacher tempor
arily employed. The World-Herald, always enterprising and public
spirited, could render valuable services by agitating this proposition.
JOHN G. MAHER,
We favor the creation of an immigration agent and pub
licity bureau, to the end that our vast areas of tillable land
in the western part of the state may be brought to the atten
tion of the landless people elsewhere. From the platform of
the progressive Republicans of Nebraska.
DEVELOPING WATER POWER IN NEBRASKA.
The state board of irrigation and drainage has granted a per
mit to the Fremont Power Co., to be financed by Kountze Bros., to
divert the waters of the Platte river for power purposes. This
seemes to be an abandonment of the pretended position heretofore
taken by Governor Aldrich and others, that ownership should rest
with the state, or that the state should do power development work
itself. If it is right and proper to grant this permit to the Fre
mont corporation and we hold that it is then why delay longer
a decision as to the rights of the contending parties as to the Loup
river project ? That Loup river project is the original power project
in Nebraska. It promises more power than almost any project in
America, and men stand ready to develop it, investing millions
therein, just as soon as the state board will definitely settle the
question of prior rights.
The editor of Will Maupin 's Weekly does not claim to be the
pioneer in the campaign for the development of Nebraska's water
power, but he does claim to have been among the first, and one of
the most consistent and persistent advocates thereof. The real
pioneer in this line was Uncle David Patterson of Kearney. Mr.
Patterson conceived, and urged to completion the first and for a
long time, the only water power project in Nebraska. That the
Kearney power canal, the child of his brain and industry, failed of
its originator's purpose was. no fault of the canal itself. It pro
vided ample power. But it was constructed a quarter of a century
too soon. Nebraska has made marvelous progress since the Kearney
canal was completed. It has grown from a population of less than
500,000 then to a state with a population of a million and a quar
ter; from a state with no manufacturing industries to a state whose
manufactured output exceeds $300,000,000 a year; from a state
whose wage earners were railroad employes or farm hands to a
state whose manufacturing industries have an annual wage roll ex
ceeding $25,000,000. And although the Kearney canal was not a
hugs success in developing industries, it affords unanswerable evi
dence that enough water power is going to waste in Nebraska
streams today to turn ten times more factory wheels than are now
turned in Nebraska by steam power.
The Fremont Power Company's project is a big one, but it is only
a starter in what may yet be. Big as it is, however, it is not to
be compared with the possibilities of the Loup river projects, of
which this newspaper has had much to say during recent months.
That the Fremont project promises to be profitable and of im
mense benefit to the section tributary thereto goes without saying.
It is backed by men of unusual ability; men who always know
what they are doing, and who have the financial ability to swing
huge projects of this kind. Men like L. D. Richards, the Kountze
brothers, and men of that calibre, do not lend themselves to "fly-by-night"
schemes of exploitation. f
. But what we want especially to call attention to is the failure
of the state board to obey the plain mandates of the law arid de
cide between the claimants upon the Loup river. We are not so
much interested as to who gets that right as we are in having some
one get it who will proceed without delay to develeop it, investing
therein the millions necessary and hastening the day when Ne
braska will occupy her rightful place among the industrial states
of the Union. .
Our state is rich in natural resources not yet developed,
a condition due to the lack of public knowledge of such
wealth. We therefore, favor a liberal appropriation by the
legislature for the purpose of giving publicity to the state's
resources. From -the Nebraska Democratic Platform.
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