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VOLUME XXXV III1.
KBD CLOUD, MEBRASKA, DHCEMBEK II, 11)11.
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AH kinds of Good; inairs
Kitchen, Parlor and Tables
Bed Room Furniture.
SOFAS AT ALL PRICES.
PIANOS " 5rw7
Useful Chris tmas Presents. Every tiling
a Large Up-to-date Furniture Store Sells
AaTBaT dBBBBr arv 1
Rugs and Carpets
in all Styles,
Shapes and Sizes.
About December 18, we will have in Stock a Car
Load of Furniture From one of the Largest
Wholesale Furniture Houses in the U. S.
Many Fine new useful
kiuk Baaji BKil
"Best on Earth"
Whit's the Matter with
CITIZENSHIP Is at a discount in the
United States. Clvio impulses are
weak. Self interest is dominant.
We've improved every business except
the business of Government.
There's a lack of good raw matorial
in politics. Seventy-five years' ago,
the best bralus of the nation were a
vailablefor the people. The strong
men of the country were ranged on
the side of law ana order. They held
their talents at a higher price than the
market quotation; andlf they died poor
iu goods, they lived rich in the esteem
and respect of their fellows.
'I here were no political machines;
the right to vote was too precious to
be prostituted. Mothers taught their
sons that no other aspiration could be
so lofty as dlstincton in public life.
Wives accompanied their husbanda
to the town meetings, sat beside them
at debates, and passed Judgment on
I be eandldates.
The leading oltlMaa of the commun
ity were most prominent in politics,
and it took the best man in town to
The women of the 'lo's did not enjoy
suffrage, bat they exercised the equlve
lantj tttey forced their husbands to
uphold decent standards; they made it
their business to learn for whom the
head of the family cast his vote, and
they demanded in the name of their
children, and for the upholding of the
town's morals that only worthy and
dcsorvlng office-seekers be supported.
There were no ward bosses then;
floaters were not herded from poll to
poll, and the names on the cemetery
headstones were not found on the bal
lots; bribery was an unexplolted in
dustry; the Bhame of Benedict Arnold
was still a thing to bo spoken of in
Elections were discussed for months
in advance, and issues were thoroughly
thrashed out. If a man did not know:
the meaning of a measure, he question
ed bis neighbors antil be was posted.'
The Australian system was not ia
vogue; there waa no ee4 for tt. Ooa-
science stood watch over every voter
and the memory of fathers and broth
ers stark upon the battle-fields of
Lexington, firandywine, New Orleans,
Tlconderoga and Stony Point, made of
every freeman a militant supporter of
Businessmen did not coerce their
clerks; employees did not prostitute
their constitutional liberties to please
Then Webster, Clay and Ualhoun
were heard in the land.
Thoso were the days when lanky
Lincolu came ambling from the farm
to contest with the polished Douglas;
when voters were not ashamed to call
a tailor from his goose to rulo the
White House, nor to summon Grant
from, his log cabin to command the.
Have you notioed any Daniel Web
sters, Henry Clays, or Abraham Lin
coins striding along the horizon in
With all your sohoola, your, college
and your universities; '.with all your
libraries and your illimitable eouree
of information-with pony journalism to
fetch and carry figures and facts from
every quarter of the universe with
ninety millions from whom to pick
and choose, you aren't producing as
many efficient citizens per year as the
infant republic brought forth.
Far too many men have died for the
country. We need a few thousand to
live for it, to perpotuate its basic prin
ciples, to- fulfill the promise of Us
We have become traders in and trait
ors to the dearly bought endowments
We have become mighty chemists,
cunning maohlnests, illustrious mer
chants, and brilliant engineers; we
average more skill, more wit, more
ability per head than any generation
has ever known. But we are all plan
ning, analyzing, inventing, systema
tizing, projecting, tf or private ad van-isge-faf
We are a lot'.of trafflcers,,buyers and
sellers; the price tag;, ia everywhere
and on everything.
Wa have goaa money-mad. Wa for
get that our strength as individuals is
only in proportion to our national
strength, that we cannot protect our
selves unless we support those meas
ures which insure the protection of
The average individual is not inter
ested in national matters. The new
generation Is not even educated in
Americanism. Not one man in four
can tell you the articles in tho Con
stitution, explain the Monroo Doctrine
or tell what followed the Dred Scott
We are to concerned with ourselves,
with the Interest (able, with the cur
rent rate of discount, with our particu
lar specialties, to bother about the
business of government.
We haven't time for civics; we sneer
at the man who sacrifices bis earning
power for patriotism,
Public debating is a tbiog of the
paat, and the comlo artist ia paid more
in a day that the political writer re
ceives in a week. .
Wbo is to blame if things are wrong?
It half the public aetata are tin Ik
grasp of corporations, you did it.
If the resources which were willed to
your children by your forebears have
passed into the possession of franchise
grabbery, yu are responsible. If
your town is poorly governed; if your
state has been despoiled, you and you
if allowed It.
Uuder a republican form of govern
ment, with the Constitution still in
violate and all-powerful, whatever 1ms
happened to the disadvantage of the
multitude, has occurred because the
average Americau citizen is a bad-clt-zon,
unfaithful to his trust, unwilling
to work for better government.
So long as you rospoot men more for
what they achieve; so long as you train,
your children to become money grab
bers; so long as you devote your own
days and nights solely to gain: so lone
as it makes no difference to the women
or your household whether you cut
your vote for a raseal or an honest
man, you haven't the rikttn hn.i
about anything that goee wrong
America. woman's World.
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