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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Dec. 14, 1906)
Bon't fforget ins Iff J5ou Xidant Bargains in pianos
, A BACK SAVER
The High Ooen Range pictured here is as near perfection
as can be found in circulation and distribution of eoen heat,
it toill bake, roast or broil perfectly and the top burners toil!
do anything required of them. If you need a range come in
and see this one, or any one of half a dozen other styles.
We haoe a lot of gas appliances, conoenient in the house
hold, and labor saoers, suitable for Christmas Presents.
Lincoln Sqs & Electric
Bell 75. Open Evenings.
Advice 'That Should
I WANT TO SELL my property at
1721-1725 K street; sixteen rooms,
double house, modern except heat;
because I want to leave city on ac
count of bad experience with Lin
coln law. Gottlieb Wessel, 1721 K
This unique advertisement appear
ing in a recent isue of the Journal
made Lincoln people sit up and take
"Yes, I want to sell out and leave
Lincoln." declared Mr. Wessel to a
reporter, "for the reason given in the
advertisement. I like the city as a
place of residence and regret to move
elsewhere, but during my four years
stay here I have gotten a bigger doi'.e
of bad law -than I can stand.
"I am a retired farmer and moved
to thjs city from Waverly about four
years ago. I bought the place which
I am now offering for sale intending
to make It my home -and that of my
family as long as I lived. I had no
business pursuits to occupy my time
and settled down to enjoy the fruits
of long years of toil and privation.
"I had scarcely moved into my sew
home before I was involved in litiga
tion with my neighbor on the east,
James F. Lansing, over the lot line.
I had my ground surveyed and found
that Lansing had appropriated three
feet of it. He had placed a fence on
it and refused to remove the obstruc
tion. "1 consulted a lawyer, and right here
is where my troubles began that have
distressed me and my family ever
since we moved into the community.
He advised me to tear down the fence
and take possession of the three feet
that belonged to me. I did so, and
then the fireworks were set off.
"In the tight that followed, after the
attempt was made to tear down that
fence, my wife was injured and we
were subjected to the humiliation of
being brought into police court. The
public is familiar with what followed.
I learned later that the legal advice
given me was wrong and Lansing was
entitled to the three feet because he
had had undisputed possession of the
ground for twenty years. You see I
did not know that, but it was the busi
ness of the lawyer whom I consulted
to know It. That is why I consulted
. one that I might not commit an unlaw
"Besides causing much worry and
humiliation, the litigation that followed
the tearing down of that line fence
cost me nearly a thousand dollars.
Another thing that has induced me to
seek a residence in another commu
nity Is the excessively high taxes that
one is forced to pay here. My per
sonal tax is $100 a year and it is en
tirely too high. I think that X shall
move to Omaha."
Wessel was a Juror In the Routzahn
case, and expressed some resentment
over the fact that he had been criti
case, and expressed some resentment
Is as important as anything else that
comes in connection with the great
world celebration and there is no way
so good, so easy, so cleanly and so
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taxpayer, has a right to his opinion
and only did as he thought was right.
Lincoln Evening News.
The conclusion of the above is a lit
tle mixed, but it appears verbatim.
The story, however, affords an
opportunity to point a few morals,
adorn a few tales, and, incidentally to
make a quotation or two from accepted
There is that old Bible quotation.
"He that ruleth his spirit is greater
than he who taketh a city." And
there is another one, "Fools rush in
where angels fear to tread." And still
another, ''Physician, t-.eal thyself."
The Evening News, which has con
stituted itself guardian extraordinary
and preserver plenipotentiary of the
people's rights saving only their
rights to decent treatment from the
Traction Co. did not tell all of the
story. Indeed, it left out some of the
most interesting portions. This, per
haps, was an oversight and then
again, perhaps it was not.
In order to get a clear knowledge
of Mr. Wessel's troubles it is neces
sary to ascertain who the lawyer was
who gave him the bad advice. It so
happens that Mr. Wessel's lawyer was
John S. Bishop, a member of the city
council. A very little Investigation
surely would have revealed the fact
that Mr. Lansing had held the prop
erty for more than, ten years, thus be
coming the owner by right of adverse
possession if that is the proper legal
phrase. ' Every schoolboy knows that
undisputed possession of property for
ten years gives the possessor title.
Either Mr. Bishop did not know it, or
he thought the attorneys on the other
side and Mr. Lansing were feeble
minded. All this naturally calls attention to
Mr. Bishop and his activities as a
member of the city council. The al
lied printing trades have good reason
to remember Mr. Bishop for the rea
son that he is the gentleman who
grew so humorous and sarcastic in
his opposition to the label ordinance
asked for by the printing trades. Mr.
Bishop, It so happens, has been intro
ducing a number of ordinances aimed
at the Gas company. We haven't any
defense to make of the' Gas company.
Experience has taught us that the pub
lic utility corporations are fairly well
able to take care of themselves. With
the very best of advice and counsel
the city will always have all it can do
to hold Its own with the utility cor
porations. For this-, reason The Wage
worker would call attention to a few
facts concerning the present struggle
with the Gas company. Mr. Bishop
has, perhaps, been playing to the gal
leries in all of this gis controversy.
He it was who introduced the gas
testing ordinance, and he it was who
introduced the dollar gas ordinance.
It is Mr. Bishop, too, who has taken
such an active interest in fighting .the
Gas company. We will cheerfully give
credit to Mr.. Bishop for being honest
in his motives and desirous only of
contributing to the city's good. We
have heard it hinted that he had an
ulterior motive; that he was synbitious
to become city attorney, or at least
assistant city attorney. But that is
neither here nor there. That is a
matter yet to be decided. What is of
timely interest, however, is whether
the gentleman who gave Mr. Wessel
such ' oor advice is the proper man
to advise the city in a question so
large imd so momentous as this pres
ent on with the Gas company.
The Yaseworker will insist now, as
it alwa has, that the public utility
corporal I as deal justly with the city.
On the 1 cier hand, it will insist that
the cit'' eal justly with the public
Mr. W-fiSsel had a decided advantage
over any public utility corporation.
His investment in Lincoln was such
that at alny time when he became dis
satisfied iwith conditions he could pull
out. It i; different with a corporation
like the teas company or the Traction
company! Mr. Wessel invested per
haps fo.tt'ou, and he puns out witn a
loss of ttl.100 after a year of , It, a
thousand ' dollars of which he attributes
to the biid advice of the gentleman
who is jurst now declaring himself to
be the possessor of all wisdom on the
gas question- If the Gas company
should hapypen to be the victim of the
bad advice Mr. Bishop gives the city
It can not itnitate the example of Mr.
Wessel and sell out and move. And
if the city isthe victim of the kind of
advice Mr. BVshop gave Mr. Wessel,
according to Ir. Wessel's statement,
It can not sellout and go away. On
the contrary, it Will have to stay right
here, and the individual taxpayers will
have to foot the l bills of any costly
We are not deifying that the Gas
company should funnish better gas and
furnish it more chealy. The solution
of that question depends altogether
Upon conditions, and those conditions
We are the oldest Music
House in Nebraska.
We carry an elegant line of
The only 'house that carries
Great bargains in Second
Hand Pianos and Organs
See us for Sheet Music and
Violins, Guitars, Etc. ;
PRESCOTT MUSIC CO.
138-142 South Twelfth Street, - - - - Lincoln, Neb.
should be fully and fairly investi
gated. It will not do' to let the City
rush into a lawsuit that may cost a
whole lot more money than it cost Mr.
Wessel to follow the advice of the gen
tleman who Is just now advising the
city to do thus and so with the Gas
company. The Wageworker owns no
stock in the Gas company. Neither
does it own any stock in the Traction
company. It can tneretore approacn
consideration of both corporations with
a free and unbiased mind. It insists
that the Traction company shall give
the people better service because it
knows full well that the company owes
it to the city. It is willing to admit
that the Gas company should give
better service, and perhaps a lower
rate. It is not, however, willing to
admit that Mr. Bishop is competent to
decide what the Gas company should
do, nor that he is the right man to
advise the city as to its duty towards
the Gas company. If the city follows
his advice and the city suffers propor
tionately as Mr. Wessel suffered, it will
cost the municipality enough to put in
two or three very adequate and up-to-date
We want more information on the
subject. Perhaps it would be well for
the city council to confer with Mr.
Wessel before accepting the advice
and counsel of Mr. Bishop, who is won
derfully active just now, with a spring
election in sight, in baiting the Gas
company. We are not caring a hang
what becomes of the Gas company.
Trust it to look out for itself. What
we are interested in is - the conserva
tion of the people's rights and the
protection of their interests.
FLASHES WHISKY IN CHURCH.
President of Hastings College Shows
Sunday Purchases Made.
Strong evidence that whisky is being
sold in Hastings contrary to law was
given at the services at the Congrega
tional church. At the conclusion of
the regular services Rev. Mr. Harrison,
the pastor, who is also president of
the ministerial association, introduced
Rev. Mr. Wight, president of Hastings
college, formerly pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, .who had come
in during the services and whom the.
pastor said, had a few important state
ments to make.
President Wight said . that it had
been his intention to be in Lincoln at
that time but on account of certain
statements that he , had heard made
he concluded to stay In the city over
Sunday and see if it was possible to
verify the statement that Sunday clos
ing of saloons was not effective.
At this juncture the speaker pro
duced two flasks of whisky which had
J mmitm m fit! i. L : :-i
been concealed upon his person say
ing: "This we have purchased in the
city of Hastings since seven o'clock
this evening." .
Th city administration, according to
President Wight's idea, was to be
blamed instead of the saloon men and
he declared that It was the intention
of the ministerial association to see
what might be done with the evidence
that had been thus secured. It is un
derstood that a petition is to be circu
lated asking that the law be enforced
and the dealer from whom the liquor
was purchased be compelled to close
his place of business.
HE IS THE SANTA FE ROBBER.
The Lawrence- Prisoner Confessed to
' Being in the Shooting.
A wounded man arrested in Law
rence accused of trying to hold up
Santa Fe passenger . train No. 17 at
Holliday confessed that he was in a
shooting on the train, but says he
remembers nothing except that fact.
He says . his name is Charles - Green
and that' he came last from Salida,
Colo. He says he knows he was shot,
but does not remember shooting any
one else. When asked about the at
tempted holdup he hesitated and re
plied: "I don't know what I'm up
againBt. I don't remember trying to
hold up a train."
It is believed he will attempt to
prove that he was drunk and was not
responsible for his act.
Dr. Ball of Kansas City, whose drug
store was robbed, identified Green as
one of the men who robbed hiin. .An
old Mexican coin which Dr. Ball kept
ii. his cash register was found, in one
of the man's pockets.
GIVEN ANOTHER SHAKING.
Southern California Experiences Se-
December 8 San Luis Obispo exper
ienced an earthquake which lasted
more than thirty seconds. The shock
was from north to south. Half an
hour later another one was felt, but
was not so pronounced as the first.
The earthquake also was felt at Santa
Maria, Guadalupe, Cayucos and Cam
bria. At the latter place articles were
shaken from shelves.
Kansas School Teachers.
Kansas employs 12,234 teachers in
its school and 9,614 of these are wo
men. At the normal institutes last
summer 11,335 teachers or persons
who wanted to become teachers, were
enrolled and 9,619 were given cer
tificates. Kansas School Finances.
In the year ending June 30, 1906,
the common schools of the state re
ceived $7,216,768.14 and the total cost
of the schools for the year was $6,-
309,808.36. The total taxable value
of all property In the state listed for
school purposes is given at $388,172,-
351 and the average levy made on'
this property for schools is 12.73 mills.
The established value of the school
buildings and grounds is $12.895.944.. ,
There are 8,792 district school build
ings in Kansas, 192 being erected in
the last year. '
Close Call for Baroness.
Baroness Speck von Sternburg, wife -
of the German ambassador had a nar
row, escape when an electric car on
Fourteenth street", Washington,
crashed into her automobile, the Im
pact tearing the front of the machine
off and breaking the fender of the car.
The lady's life was probably saved, an
eye-witness stated,' by a quick appli- '
cation of the breaks by the motorman.
The accident was caused by the chauf
feur losing control of the machine
while trying to cross . the tracks In
front of the car.
..Verge of Starvation.
Many of the Chippewa Indians at the
Portage reservation in Minnesota are
on the verge of starvation. . The cus
tomary allowance of. flour and pork
from the government has not been re
ceived. The following appeal has been
written to Major S. W. Campbell, In
dian agent at Ashland, Wis.:
"Does the government want us to
die? We can not understand how
these things can be. We can not under
stand why we can not sell our pine
and we can not understand why we
can not have some pork and flour for
our old and sick brothers
Hatiley to Kansas Lawyers. .
Herbert S. Hadley, attorney general
of Missouri, is to be the principal
speaker at the annual meeting of the
Kansas Bar. association in the su
preme courtrooms at Topeka January
30 and 31. ...
i A Capital Hint.
Put a pinch of powdered borax Is
the water la which you , wash your
lettuce, and allow the latter to steep
for half to three-quarters of an hour
in this - solution ; then - either shake .
them free of moisture in the salad':
basket or break up the lettuces, and
after well rinsing them, wipe each In
dividual leaf clean. Salted water
softens and wilts the leaves; but
borax, while freeing them from - ex
traneous matter, leaves them quite
crisp and fresh.
Coffee Spice Cake. .
Pat Into a pan one cup of sugar,
one cup Porto Rico molasses and two
thirds of a cup of butter. - Add one
up hot coffee that has been turned
over a teaspoonful soda and stirred
until it stopped "purring." Mix well,
then add-one half- pound seeded rais
ins, a teaspoonful each aloes, cinna
mon and ' nutmeg and flour, about
three cups or enough to make as stiff
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