The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 13, 1906, Page 9, Image 9

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JULY 13, 1906
The ' Commoner.
The degree, of negligence is left fora jury to de
cide. Was defeated In an effort to compel pay
ment of allotted Indians of money deriyea" from
the sale of' timber off their allotments, of -which,
now, it is "said, they often are robbed. Introduced
and forced the passage of a resolution directing
the interstate commerce commission to investi
gate the control which the .so-called grain eleva
tor trust has over grain products, and the commu
nity of interest apparent between the railroads
and this combine. Secured the passage of a bill
ceding to the state of Wisconsin 20,000 acres of
public land for an extension of the forest pre
serve. He was opposed in this by his colleague,
Senator Spooner. Gained the enactment of a bill
to permit the Menominee Indians in the north
west to manufacture timber on their reservations,
instead of being compelled to sell it. The Interior
department opposed him in this instance. In
troduced and spoke for a resolution to withdraw
from entry and public sale all government lands
covering coal or mineral deposits. This was
smothered by the senate, but President Roose
velt may recommend it in his next annual mes
sage. Contended until the last hours of the ses
sion for consideration and a vote on a bill to
limit the hours of service of railroad employes
in charge of the movement of trains to not more .,
than sixteen hours of continuous service." Sen-
ator LaFollette also introduced a separate bill
requiring the use of the block system on all' rail
roads. '
THE FOLLOWING fervent prayer appeared
in the editorial, columns of the Omaha
World-Herald, Friday, June 15: "We are .begin
ning to need rain out .here in Nebraska. We
have no complaints to make over republican man
agement of the sunshine. It has been" all the
most captious could desire and the spring show
ers were fine. But we do Xeel that we are en
titled to a few gentle summer rains. And so 3ve
appeal to the republican party for rain. Give us
rain; oh! great and good, republican party, source
of all our blessings and bane of' all ills, give us
rainli'. ' ' - ' '
TN-' ITS' ISSUE of June 20,. the Sioux City Jour
i "naj' (republican) directed attention to the
World-Herald's 'prayer and said: "There was
nothing doing Friday or Saturday, but on Sun
day .the rain came as per request. Ditto on ,
Monday. The interesting details are told in the
news columns of the Omaha newspapers. The
Omaha Bee on Tuesday morning printed a col
umn and a half of special dispatches under the
following cheerful headlines:
Rain Starts Sunday Night and Continues Through.
the Day Monday
Reports Indicate Dry Weather Had Done Little
Damage, Oats Being the Only Crop Which
Had Suffered to Any Extent
Falls City, Leigh, Plattsmouth, Fremont, West
Point, Stanton, Geneva, Columbus, Haskins, Ains
worth, Nebawka, Wahoo, Battle Creek, Creigh
ton, Brainard, Oakland, Wymore, Harvard, Wood
River, Table Rock, Fullerton and Hartington all
told the same pleasant story. The welcome rain
had come and transacted every bit of business
that could be expected of it".-
THE ORIGINAL OF "Little Dorritt" lias, ac
cording to the London correspondent for
the Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin, been found
at Southgate, a village nine miles by railway from
King's ross. This correspondent says: "There,
in a quiet old house in a quiet street, dwells Mrs.
Cooper, who, as Mary Ann Mitton, was a play
mate of Dickens and the sister of his closest
school companion. She is now more than ninety
years of age. In consequence of this discovery
many persons have paid'a visit to Southgate, and
accounts of interviews there show how keen is
the pleasure it affords 'Little Dorrit' to talk
of the faraway times when, as a girl, she attend
ed St. Panoras church Nvith 'Charles,' and of
the visits afterward paid by him to Manor Farm,
Sunbury, where the Mittons lived later. Of the
boy Dickens she retains the fondest recollections.
One of her quaintest anecdotes tells how, as a
girl, she teased him about his future wife. He
declared that she must possess an intellectuality
which would qualify her to take a keen interest
in his work, and when the girl remarked, '.Then
I wouldn't do for that, Charles,' he agreed, 'Then
Dorrit, you wouldn't do for that How keen an
interest both she and her brother took In the
young writer's work' is shown from tho tales
sho tells of how 'Charles' used to bring his man
uscript and read it aloud to them. 'If we thought
anything was not quite as it should be, we would
toll him straight, No, no, Charles, that won't do,
at alL' Of Dickens, tho man, the old lady says:
'There never was such a man. He was so gentlo
and kind to every one, and clever, for he never
really had much education, but he had a natural
gift for noticing things and describing them.' Sho
still has in her possession many relics of those
old days, notably part of the bed upon which
Dickens slept when he used to visit her brother
during tho holidays at Sunbury. She is proud,
too, of having recolVed many letters from tho
great novelist in his younger days. She dearly
loves to tell of the trouble she used to get into
in the early days of young Dickens' sojourn in
Camden Town (Mrs. Cooper was born In Hatton
Garden), when, instead of returning straight
homo after the service at St. Pancras church,
she used to listen to 'Charles' ' persuasion and go
to .see the 'beadle in his gorgeous dress,' or some
other wonder of childhood. Speaking of life at
Sunbury, sho said 'you could always find Charles
lying out among tho hay, absorbed in some
book.' "-
THE CONTEST FOR tho republican nomina
tion for governor in Iowa has been hotly
waged and while both sides claim victory, it
is clear Cummins has won. George D. Perkins
has formally proposed to Governor Cummins that
they submit the contest between themselves to
arbitration In his letter Mr. Perkins said: "The
preconvention contest has come down to the
closing days without a clear settlement as to the
choice of the party for the gubernatorial nomin
ation. The balance of power Is with the delega
tions that are contested and these contests, to
my mind, should bo impartially and intelligently
determined to the end that confidence may be es
tablished in the integrity of the convention's de
terminations. Would you be willing to join in a
request to the chairman of the national commit
tee that ho appoint from the membership of the
committee jt commission of three, the choice to
be made from states sufficiently separated from
our state to secure impartiality and freedom from
predetermination to hear and .determine the is
sues that have arisen. My thought is that such
a commission should be empowered to hear all
contests and upon their finding make up a tem
porary roll, to be binding upon all parties, and
further that such commission be authorized to
prescribe the parliamentary rules by which tho
convention shall be governed in all its prelimi
nary work."
ANEW YORK newspaper recently printed an
editorial entitled "costly insects," which
editorial referred to the apropriation by congress
of $100,000 for the distribution of parasitical in-'
sects to be used in the war on gypsy moths. Bv
S. Bowdish, a member of the New York Audubon
society, writing to the New York paper, says:
"In conclusion you say that 'there are two ways
to combat these insects,' spraying and the use
of parasites. There is another check, equally
natural and probably much more effective. If a
little more attention were devoted to tho ade
quate protection of our' native birds hundreds of
' thousands of dollars would be saved to agricul
ture and horticulture. Out of some thousand
forms of birds native to North America scarcely
a half dozen have proved to be injurious Instead
of beneficial. The cuckoos, warblers, chickadees
and many of our other common birds have been
proved to be invaluable as destroyers of gypsy
moths. The roBe-breasted grosbeak eats great
numbers of the potato beetles, and the scales
are attacked most earnestly by the various tit
mice. To protect our native birds costs' nothing
and it can not fail to give marked results in the
country's food production."
AN EXTRACT FROM a London cablegram to
' the New York Sun follows: "It is difficult
to give an adequate idea of the world-wide fury
and horror created by Upton Sinclair's novel 'The
Jungle' and the daily dispatches to the European
newspapers. It is- frequently said here that
American memories are short and the American
public the most tolerant of abuses of any in the
world, but the manufacturers of American food
products will not find either of these character
istics among European consumers. These revel
ations have come as a climax to a long series of
exposures with which American telegrams to Eng
lish and European papers have teemed for many
montlis. Tho old world has come to bellovo in
gcnoral terms that American business methods
arc rotten. It will tako moro than a paper re
organization of tho groat llfo insurance compa
nies and a cleaning of tho Augean stables at Chi
cago to restore European belief In American hon
esty and fair dealing. It will Jjo a long time be
fore public opinion on this sido of tho Atlantic
will have any confidoncq in American corporate
reform. Ono thing, and one thing only, will havo
any real effect in Europe. When America begins
to sond its greatest criminals to jail, Europo will
begin to believe that there is a real standard of
morality In tho country. Tho administration of
justice in the Unitod States is today tho subject
of open ridicule and contempt throughout Europe.
There Is nothing an Englishman resents moro
than an Intimation that tho American judicial
system Is similar to England's, and tho chief
argument adduced against tho pending bill to
create one court of vcrlmlnal appeal Is tho dangor
that It will prove to be the opening wedgo for
American evils.' V - " -
AN APPRAISEMENT recently made of tho es
tate of Daniel S. Lamont, who was private
secretary to Grover Cleveland while" he was gov
" ornor and later while ho was president, and
who finally became secretary of war, showed that
Mr. Lamont amassed a fortune of $4,458,047.
Tho Now York Herald says: "Mr. Lamont at.
tho time he died had on deposit in banks and
trust companies $85,G93. Tho following are somo
of the items of his personal estate:
Shares: Value: ,
7,'C50 Northern Pacific Railroad Co $1,537,050
6.G12 Great Northern .Railroad Co... a 1,897,044
1,000 American Tobacco .,..... - 285,000
1,410 Pacific Coast common ." 131,130
22,222 Granby Con. Min. & Mill 'Co 155,554
' 150 First National Bank 111,000
G12 Northern Securities Co., (old)..... 104,958
210 Northern Securities Co., (now).... 57,750
375 National Bank of Commerce 7G,875
200 Commercial National Bank 08,000
975 Great Southern Lumber Co 97,500
1,500 Phenix National Bank ... 57,000
2,000 International Traction Cor....,':. 50,000
50 Astor National Bank ? 40,000
Mr.. Lamont also hold bonds of tho Northern
Pacific railroad of the value of $100,000, He had
in his city residence, No. 2 Wost Fifty-third street,
furniture, rugs, bric-a-brac and paintings of tho
value of $48,000. His gross pergonal estate is
estimated at a valuation of $5,000,000. He was
indebted to Mooro & Schley, bankers, as the time
he died, for securities purchased for him, to tho
amount of $1,420,000. The commission of the
executors, Mrs. Lamont and Paul D. Cravath,
amount to $120,99,3. Other Items reduce the per
sonal estate to $4,028,079. In addition to the city
residence, which is valued at $150,000, Mr. La
mont owned the adjoining houso, valued at $140,
000, and No. 19 West Fifty-fifth street, estimated
to be worth $130,000. Including his country resi
dence, Millbrook, Dutchess county, his real estate
holdings amount to $429,308. Tho total of tho
bequests under his will, including those made to
the widow and daughters irrespective of their
shares in the residuary estate, amount to $31G,
329. There is a residuary estate of $4,058,503 to
be held in trust for them after the deduction of
$83,214 as commissions of tho trustees.'
EVIDENTLY THE United States government
has little faith In the Osier theory. Tho
Louisville (Ky.) Herald says: "The civil ser
vice commission has just reported that 1,587
government clerks at Washington are over sixty
five. Of this number 189 hold places on account
of their war record. The work done by these
clerks is graded thus: Excellent, 374; good, 682;
average, 229; fair, 251; poor, 90. This is, indeed,
a mcrat satisfactory showing. The oldest man In
the service is ninety-one. There is another of
ninety. Three have seen eighty-six winters, four
are eighty-five, while five are eighty ;f our, six,
are eighty-three, twelve are eighty-two, fourteen
are eighty-one, fifteen are seventy-nine, twenty
five are seventy-eight, twenty-three are seventy
seven and forty-four are seventy-six. Government
clerks do not, as a rule, save money, so that dis
missal would for many of these old officials mean
severest hardship. There is a certain pride in
serving the national government, which impels
.these men to spend on, living practically all they
. earn. Unwise, Indeed, but still a fact which no
government should fail to consider."