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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 10, 1908)
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Frederic S. Ishnm, nutlior of "Tho
r.ady of the Mount," la on a tour of
the world. At present he In In Mos
cow, making ready for the long Jour
ney across Siberia. At Constantinople
he lost lily eamera, an 1 now he Is la
menting that one cannot buy a kodak
for a kopoe.
,. l ..liWf . ft .
'a mm w a' '- .mot
f'iW WW n
Rare and Precious.
"These aro my Jewels," said Cor
nelia. And she pointed to a couple of
Ir.inli chops she was brlnylns iuiu"
l torn market.
No Time to Fret.
"Have you thought of the possibility
of defeat, Mr. Tuft?"
' Wt II." replied the rotund seer--t.ir.
"what's flic use of trotting about
that? The cnnipnlgn'll make m woil:
oh at lea.U fifty pounds, unyh jw
Gets Hlo Du
' No." growled the Chronic Kicker.
"I don't km! why I can't have everv
t.'iini; that my neighbor has. It ain't
"Very well." remarked a passing
microbe, "one of your neighbors has
vmallpox. I'll attend to you at once."
The Passing of Time.
P'.ilsty I suppose you think that If
.miii had the regulating of the mil
eruo you co.ild make some Inipiovo
nienis on the present Job. don't oii"
Kuplis I don't know about that', but
1 think I could suggest one eluiigo.
i should like to have things so ar
landed that when a man Is having a
J! od lime the days would seem to
pass slowly Instead of (piicklv. I'm
about to take a vacation.
A Toast to the "Also Rans."
f have drunk. O my friends to the
Ye have toasted the valiant and
Ti. the great of the earth ye have
drunk in your mirth.
To the wise ye have lifted your
It la well they are worthy rny
As aught that the firmament spans,
Hut I pledge you a health to the
A health to the "also rans."
To the men who went down In Iho
To the runners who finished un
placed. Te the weak and the young, the un
known and unsung.
The depraved, tho oppressed, tho
Ye are bloo.lul, developed, completed;
They were bred without stamina,
"I'is to them, the surpassed the de
feated, I bow as I drain my glass.
Who are ye that should dare reject
Do yo know what the handicaps
Did ye suffer the pain, run the race,
stand the strain,
That ye scoff at the place that they
It may be that they were left at tho
Far or near, 'tis to them, the Ill
fated, I bow as I drink my toast.
They have lost, they are III, they
are the weary;
Ye have won, ye are well, yo aro
l!y the drops that they bled, by tho
tears that they shed,
Hy your mirth, by your wine by
Hy all thnt has e'er helped to
Your lives, by your hopes, by your
I pledge you the health of tho beatens
The health of tho "also rans."
If you bavo two or more toeth In either jaw,
wo can replace tho tntMln? teoth with tho
beautiful Alroolur method. It will pay you to
romo auy dUtunce for this tieautlfui work.
Wo tighten Iooro tooth and cure aoro gums.
Wo do all lirancbeH of Dentistry. Work dono
Immediately for out-of-town jmtrona. Located
hero for years HOSTON UUNTISTS, 1319 O
HtriMit, Lincoln, Nebraska.
S& GLEANERS AND DYERS
And Pressors ol Ladles', Gentlemen's and
Children's Clothing. Write (or Price List.
J. C. WOOD & CO.
1322 N ST., LINCOLN, NEB.
Rambler and Mitchell Agency
Alio few high crade second hind machines
cheap. Write for Hit or catalogue
E, E, MOCKETT AUTO CO., Lincoln, Nebr.
Machine Work SfeSS
lug, Pulleys, Sbuf tin. Etc. Auto I'hono 37M.
DAHSEN & RESS aaBLfiMfl 8t
1 Our new 4 cycle motor Is designed es
pecially tor farm and nuop.
CUSHMAN MOTOR CO,, LINCOLN, NEBR.
KWALITY KOUNTS. THAT IS WHY
FRANKLIN ICE CREAM
lias boon tbo largest soller for yearn. Send uh
mi order and Ihi convinced, mill N Ht., Lincoln,
SOUTH DAKOTA LAND
Now Is your opportunity to buy South
Dakota land at Imst prices. !,nrt0 Hit to
wilect from. Wrlto us for particulars.
WHITE & LEVI, 716 P SI., Lincoln, Nebraska.
Taft's Ranch at Taft. TEXAS
This famoui ranch, tho bc.it in the coast
poiiutry. at reasonable prices, easy turuu.
Wrlto us today for prtlcublrs.
WHITE & LEVI, 710 P Sl Lincoln, Nebraska,
S!?7iuV-trStr?'-Jtf'ttVi: 'T. . h'l ik
jt-'W,-?i7?';.K'TJT?tr.iTAw r. w 'so . -i
I ' Jife7'','''v''
"llou nto you,
.lack? Clad to
Bt'o you Kot
tiiont. What la
tliofo lu It for
sand a year."
"Oh, 1 don't
mean tlio sal
aryto h II with tho Hal
arj, hut what Is tliorc In
It for ou 'on tin. Bide?'"
"Xot a cent. ,lust tho
salary, that's all"
"Come off! Why. two of
that last hunch cleaned up ten thousand apiece be-
fore Ihey walked tho plank."
"Weil, its a new deal. No side Issues for me.
Just the little old four thou. That's all."
"Why. you ain't honest, are you, .lack?"
"Well. I never had 'Honest John' tacked onto
mo for a handicap, hut I don't want to ro along
tho street looking hack to see IT anyone's following
"Hut those follows are alive and well to-day, and
the statute of limitations has run on 'cm,"
"Yes. maybe : hut It would he just my luck to
get 'snaked.' My tailor says stiipes are unbecoming
on tall men, niiy .."
"You're foolish. .lack."
"A regular lobster. Hilly: hut when I'm let out
I want to sleep nights, without listening for some
one to ring the door-hell and ask 'how about It?' "
The foregoing conveisatlon Is verbally a correct
transcript between an appointee to n city otllco and
a political acquaintance, the well-known and almost
"disbaned" attorney, the Hon. William "Sklphls
nnme." It occurred Just as written down, and Is
merely given to Illustrate tho general idea prev
alent among tho crooked, the crafty nnd the un
scrupulous that public ofllco wbh a private "simp."
The salary was supposed to be merely exponso
money for being In the political game; the real
"money" was to be gotten out of "side deals,"
schemes where the olllclal was to use bis Influence
and bis opportunities to get Into "something good,"
whetoby for favors either directly or Indirectly
granted he got what is known sometimes as his
"rake-off," or his "bit."
If ho wns In a position where contracts were to
bo let "to the lowest bidder" It wns his business,
If a "grufter," to see that his "man" wns the low
est biddci, or to have a "combination" among the
bidders so that the contracts would be divided
among two or three favored firms or Individuals;
or to work In Borne one as sub-contractor, or In
various ways "get a finger In the pie," so that he
could "holp up" somebody for "a divvy." Where
individual officials had the entire control of their
olTlne8, their opportunities for "graft" were, of
course, extensive; where olllclals were co-nssoclatcd
In city work, there had to be either n complete and
general understanding as to "crooked work," or
there might be underhand work by one or two
men which was hidden from the rest.
The public had weird and unique Ideas about
"graft." The fact thnt "grafting" was carried on
In city hall and city departments to u greater or
less extent during every political administration
was a fact that was undeniable. Sometimes an ad
ministration was especially corrupt; sometimes tho
administration wns headed by a man who was even
by his bitterest enemies acknowledged to bo Btrlct
ly honest. Hut as no ouo man could oversee the
Ins and outs of every department In the city, there
was bound to be some "grafting," however petty,
somewhere In the various offices or departments.
Ilut the public generally seemed to bo of the opin
ion that the instant a man was appointed or elect
ed to office his entire nature changed. Tho peoplo
Imagined, apparently, that a business man whose
Integrity, through many years, had never been
questioned became "crooked" tho instant he took
tho oath of ofllce. And because of this, the most
Insulting and libelous statements wero being ban
died back and forth by Irresponsible parties, con
cerning men who wore honestly and conscientiously
doing their duty in public offices.
Citizens who appropriated without nny legal right
the sidewalks lu front of their stores for shipping
purposed mon who would follow an alderman for
weeks In order to got a bay-window put In a down
town shop contrary to tho ordlnnnces, peoplo who
hung about tho city hall from dawn to twilight try
ing to get a railroad pass, would enter a public
ofllce with the air of Daniel going down tho eleva
tor Into the lions' den. And if a question was asked
thorn when they stated their business, they always
imagined it had a hint of graft In it. Well, now,
let mo tell you: These folks that are always scent
ing "graft" In nvory public ofllco and officer these
"Holy Willies" that assume such an "unco guld"
air, they aro often the peoplo that will henr watch
Tho fact of the mntter was that that real "graft"
was handled by men who worked It so that nenrly
always It wus ontlroly legal, In tho strict letter
of tho law. A measley flvo or ten-dollnr bill hnnded
hero and thero for somo favor was a mero bagatelle.
And as for "graft" In politics, the legislatures of the
various stateB are ag mighty universities to kin
dergartens compared to city administrations. As
for tho United States senate but thnt Is the "king
low" on the political checker-hoard, and not n mat
ter for comment In this article.
Money Is tho cheapest and least dangerous form
of "graft." I mean monoy that buys favors; bribes,
lu a word. Hlg "graft" concerns Itself with "shares,"
"stock," "Interests" tilings thnt cannot bo traced
uo easily to corrupt sources. HIg grafters aro afraid
of cold cash. They want something that can bo
rv i x isaito n. yr
tt JTJ ZHr Hfr'BkHg-. & 7ffltimfflWte ' 1 51l
'III 18m s msmMm$m
any Mend In Mir first
place, he lunl not stolen
enough so iim to hy away
nn thing for high pi iced
Iawers, so he could
in It lu-i pose as a iniulyr.
licit go Into court and make
a llriht t'sitally he "lost
Ills Job for quite a while."
his u'll peculations wete
laughed '.it, nml he found
himself in the street, an
object of contempt and
Jeers. Hut when a man
lunl gotten away with
foriy oi liri thousand dol
lars, It wits an entirely
dlffeieut pioposltlou. He
could then put up a good,
stiff bluff.'' In the first
pliice, it was ' up to him"
to pooh pooh nil rumors or
assertions which had been
mnile against ills olllce.
Next, to evplaln thnt all
this talk about "graft"
fl) "SKflTFNO. I VOlLP Nr?00VG SKArfMZ j
- y ?
HaaBHBaaaMJ i .HHS ZlNY FKlEttDS 1
fib" wh firs ths coMsrroroY l 9VS)
manipulated so that the ugly word "mon
ey" can bo eliminated In case of nn ex
posure. Cash is a hard commodity to "Juggle,"
but shares nnd stocks can be hotter explnlnod
to n Jury. So only tho Ignorant or most brazen
of the big "grafters" go after the money in the
form of U. S. bank bills. Records aro telltales:
and money taken wrongfully nnd unaccounted for
often returns to plague the hypothocator with a
Another thing that seems to be overlooked Is
that legislation will not cure "grnftlng." True,
It can nnd does punish tho Individual; but noth
ing hut nn aroused spirit of higher citizenship will
effect a general euro of the evil. If you wunt to
know how many peoplo in your city nnd county
nro out utter "something for nothing" get Into u
political position which cither nctunlly gives you
chances for- bestowing favors, or apparently offers
the opportunity. Ninety-live per cent, of the peo
plo who call on you come for tho purpose of hav
ing you do them some favor, cither for them
solves or others; and they nre not nt all particu
lar about how tho fnvor Is done, so thnt tt bo
done. For myself, I know I was bombarded day
and night after I got Into olllce with requests thnt
ranged ull the way from the impudent to the ig
norant. Requests to aid in the way of evading
or lgnoilng city ordinances wero matters of dally
occurrence. And the charming thing about It
was that the parties assumed that this was a mat
ter of course lu the routine business of tho city
hull. It was not merely "what's the constitution
between ft lends?" but "what's honesty between
"Skate" No. 1 would Introduce "Skate" No. 2,
and the latter would unfold a schome to "pull
off" something In somo other department of the
city hall, which was not only against all cations
of decency as regarded common honesty, but so
ridiculously npparent that no one but an Ignoram
us would concoct such a plan. Now these things
happened so often that If you got mnd nt ench
occurience you would bo In a stato of semi-apoplexy
half tho time. The only thing to do wns to
cut tho Interview short by snylng "I haven't any
thing to do with thnt department; If you have
liny business with thnt end of the city go there
Hut when you como to pin down any great
amount of "graft" in most of tho city admlnistrH
tlons' offices you failed, from the simple reason
that theio was comparatively little of It. Was It
because greater publicity nnd greater vigilance
was being had through a hostile presB nnd a
watchful opposite party? Or was It because an
Improvement wus being made In the character of
the men elected and appointed? Or was It both?
At any rate, there was n stonily advanco for the
better during the cycle of at least eight yearB of
my experience In politics. (Jlven nn ablo and
vigilant man at the head of a city's affairs, and
"graft" will be reduced to a minimum during his
term of ofllco. Olvcn nny other kind of n man,
and once moro "graft" will lift its hydra head.
It Is it curious thing about manifestation, that tho
tendency to mnko "a llttlo on tho sldo" seems to
bo apparent In all administrations, hut Is elthor
dormant or active as tho man at tho holm Is
either alert or limttentlve. Like yellow fever in
Culm, It Is always present, even If only one caso
The cheap "grafter," when fouud out, never had
was the work of political cneinleB or "a dis
charged employe seeking revongo." A very lino
urtlcle of "losy talk" was usually indulged In by
a "grafter" who "was on tho run."
Then, when he was finally Indicted, his lawyers
would consent to tell what an outrage It wns that
their client should be so persecuted. All criminal
proceedings which seek to bring a "grnftor" to
"book" are kuovn by his lawyers as "man-hunts."
Tho big "grnfter's" friends Hock to tho court
room, nnd quite frequently the utmost courtesy
Is extended to him by officials high up In Jail
circles; especially If he be of the same party ua
the Jail officials. If he happens to be on tho other
sldo of the political fence, these courtesies aro
After a big "graftei" Is convicted there Is the
usual appeal to the higher courts and a lot of
skirmishing to keep him out or tho pcnltentlnry,
but ho gets there Just the same. Ho may, nfter
serving u year of his sentence, become bo 111
thnt he will have to he pardoned. If ho hns re
turned part of the money he stole, this Is a chanco
not to bo overlooked. Hut If he Is "slifr-neckcd"
and Insists on hanging on to what hu got, tho
chances are not so favorable. Only a ridiculously
small percentage of the big "grafters" have been
punished. Home of the biggest or thorn all have
absorbed their graft legally. Hut It wns "graft,"
nevertheless. On many, the statute of limitations
has "run," and prosecution made Impossible. Hut
It Is cheering to relate that "grafting" Is not quite
so fashlonnble as tt used to be by reason or these
prosecutions; and much ns the "rerormer" has
been held up to ridicule, it has been the reformer
nnd the reform organizations that hnvo made
"grafting." If not unpopular, at least dangerous.
Petty "grafting" enn never be wholly stamped
out, as It can be hnnded nround by means of
presents, privileges, etc.. In such a way that it
cannot ho traced so as to provldo ground for
The technical term "graft," while peculiarly
applied to politics, Is not confined to that sphere
only. HiiHlness, banking and railroad circles have
the dlsonse. In city ndmlnlstrntions tho spot
where It Is liable to make most Insidious headway
Is lu city councils. There it may he round either
Indirectly or directly npparent. And It Is there,
nrter nil, thnt It Is most dangerous, because affect
ing nn entire city. If n public ofllclnl steals from
his ofllce, It Is not such u direct Injury to tho
public man as the man who "sells out" to Jam a
franchise thioiigh n council.
And so, In the last unalysls, tho eyes of tho re
formerH and tho citizens should bo fixed steadily
on city councils. Tho best candidates for abler
men aro nono loo good; tho salary should ho
such thut a mnn could give all of his tlmo to tho
work and bo well and even handsomely paid. If
the public expects n man to give JG.000 worth
of time In the city council for $:s,000 salary, they
aio mereli putting n premium on "grafting,"
Tho, day of tho brazen "grafter" has gone by.
Tho now icglino Is making for hotter things. Tho
only way thnt "grafting" can flourish nowadays
Is by having a city administration In full accord
with tho most Influential newspapers of a city,
apply tho "e-nft" legally, pocket tho "rako-off,"
point to the "statutes In such ca3e mudo and pro
vldcd," and so far as the public Is concerned, "let
tho galled Jndo wince."
Proof Is ino.vliiiustiblt) thnt
Iijillu V.. Piiilclinm'.s VcKolulilo
Cninpniiiui carries women wifely
through (ho Change of Life.
lioad tlio lot tor IMra. E. Hanson,
301 K. Long; St., Columbus, Ohio,
writes to JUrs. l'iukham:
" I wan pitHfcinir through tliu Chango
of lilfe, nml fluttered from ii"rvous
ness, hoadnelies, and other nnuoylng'
symptoms. My doctor told mu that
ljydin V.. l'lnlilmm's Vegetable Com
pound was good for me, mid hlnee tak
ing It I feel so much bolter, mid 1 can
ngaln do my own work. I never forget
to tell my friends what Lydln K. Plnk
liiuu'.H Vegetable Compound did for mu
during this trying period."
FACTS FOR SICK WOMEN.
For thirty years Lyilia ft. Pitilc
hain's WkcUmo CoiujiouihI, iimclo
from roots and herbs, has Iwen tho
standard remedy for female- ills,
and has positively cured thousandsot
women who have been troubled with,
displacements, iullammat ion, ulcera
tion, tlbroid tumors, irregularities,
lieriodio pains, backache, that licar
iiigdovn feeling-, llatuloney,iiidiR;cs
t ion, dizziness or nervous prostration.
Why don't you try it V
Mrs. Pinklmm Invites all sick
women to write her for lutvlce.
She has pruldcil thousands to
health. Address, Lynn, lUnss.
GATOR ON THE RAMPAQE.
Edifying Story That Is Vouched for by
the Georgia Ananias.
"Yes," said tho fisherman, "tho mnn
had fished all the forenoon, nn' hadn't
got n nibble, no ho took another swal
lor out the Jug, pulled off his boots, an'
lay down on tho river bank an' went
to sleep. As soon as ho went to
snorln' good, n alligator thut hail been
watchln' him nil tho mornln' crawled
up nn' swallered IiIb boots, llkowlso
the Jug, with 'bout hair a gallon In It,
I reckon. Tho cork camo out, and, ol
course, tho 'gator got tho full benefit
o tho whisky, which so turned Us
bend that it lashed tho wator with Ita
tall till tho river wns u fonniln' mass,
after which It crawled up on tho bnnk
agin an made denp'rlt efforts to climb
trees an' turn double-somorsnults, an
do all manner of Impossible things!"
'Why didn't It swallow tho flBhor
man, instead of his boot?" some ono
" 'Gators, gentlemen," said tho Btory
teller, "cnu't stand ovor'thlnc Thoy
must draw tho lino Boino'rs." Allan
Starch, llko everything elso, is be
ing constantly Improved, tho patent
StnrcheB put on tho market 25 years
ago nro very different and Inforlor to
thoso of tho present day. In tho lat
est dlscovory -Defiance Starch all In
jurious chemicals aro omitted, whllo
the addition of another Ingredient, In
vented by ub, rIvbb to the Starch a
strength and smoothnoss never ap
proached by other brands.
Case of 8hocklng Negletit.
Friend What has become of Celes
tlne, your maid?
Mrs. Snoblotts I had to discharge
her. She hud no consideration for
Friend Why, I always thought she
took the mast tender care of tho pot
Mrs. SnoblottB So did I till I found
sho was using her own comb on him
without first sterllzlng It.
The extraordinary popularity of fine
white goods tills summer makes tbo
choice of Starch a matter of great Im
portance. Deflnnco Sturch, being free,
from nil Injurious chomlcnls, is tho'
only ono which is safe to uso on flno
fnbrlcs. Its great Btrcngth as a stiffen,
or makes half tho usual quantity of
Starch necessary, with tho result of
perfect finish, equal to that whon tho
goods wero now.
Rivals In Fame,
"They are making n great stir about
"Yes. The ndvortlsements make al
most ns much fuss over him as thoy
do over the name of tho piano ho
Smokers nppreclntc the quality value ol
Lcwin' Silicic Hinder cigar. Your dealer
or Lewis' Factory, Peoria, 111,
No man on earth Is rich onough to
enjoy paying taxes.
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