The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, November 04, 1910, Image 2
THE WAGEWORKER Published every Friday by The Wageworker Publishing Company, 1705 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska WILL M. MAUPIN, Editor E. L. GRUBB, Manager f CURT CURRENT COMMENT 1 V J THERE is every reason to believe that the total vote of Nebraska next Tuesday will be the largest in the state's history not even excepting the record year of 1908. The peculiar issue this year insures that every vote influenced by appetite and inclination will be gotten to the polls. It remains to be seen whether the' 'relig ious" voters get out, or whether they will content them selves, as usual, with singing, praying and "resoluting" right up to election day and then "laying down." It will have to be admitted by those familiar with the facts that this latter method is the one usually followed by the "religious voters." The interests represented by Mr. Dahlman in this campaign are not much given to praying for success, but when it comes to the hustling, and voting they set a shining example. Mr. Dahlman's chances of success are dependent on the activity of the interests that are supporting him an activity never lacking and the proneness of the other side to rely on prayer without works. We shall see what we shall see. IT IS fondly to be hoped that another such campaign will not again afflict Nebraska. It has been filled to overflowing with personal abuse; the chief candidates are neither one of that high order of statemanship and busi ness ability that the state should demand of its guberna torial candidates, and the one overshadowing issue that is responsible for the deplorable condition is one that will not, and in the very nature of things cannot, be settled at this election. NEBRASKA, usually foremost in good works, is tailing far in the rear of her sister states in the -matter of publicity work. Nebraska during the past two years has spent less than a thousand dollars in advertising, and tnat was spent for crop bulletins. Not a penny was ex pended for colonization work. During the same period Colorado and Kansas have expended vast sums. "It is easier to make a dozen deals in Colorado real estate than it is to make one in Nebraska," said a prominent Omaha real estate man the other day. Asked for the reason he replied: "Colorado is well advertised; Nebraska not at all." Nebraska should wake up. A VOTE for Joseph W. Crabtree for superintendent of public instruction is a vote to make the public school system of Nebraska what it should be. It is also a vote to take the public school system out of the domain of partisan politics. The public school is the college of the workingman's children, and the workingman should be the first to resent any attempt to make it a partisan adjunct. Prof. Crabtree may be depended upon to op pose and prevent the prostitution of the public school system to partisan ends. THOSE who cast a vote for Silas R. Barton may do so with the satisfaction that they are voting for one of the most capable officials the state of Nebraska has ever had, and one who has been of great service to the people. He has saved the wage earners of the state vast sums of money by protecting them against fly-by-night insurance companies, has inaugurated business methods that were in the interests of economy, and has proved his efficiency in a thousand ways. It is a pleasure to most men, as it should be to all men, to acknowledge such splendid ser vice as Mr. Barton has rendered, and the best way to acknowledge it is to re-elect him to the position of auditor of public accounts. ALL THOSE who were instrumental in making the Ad Club Carnival such a great sucess are entitled to praise for their efforts. They provided a lot of clean fun for the public, while at the same time advancing the in terests of an organization that will do an immense amount of work in the future in the way of properly advertising Lincoln. One of the finest things about this Ad Club business is the hearty and genuine spirit of good will it is building up between Lincoln and Omaha. Omaha's commercial supremacy is so commanding that it is not at all in danger from any thing Lincoln may accomplish, although the two cities must forever be more or less rivals along certain lines. But they have so much in common and so little to scrap about that the wonder is either of them was so foolish as to be jealous of the other. If the Ad Clubs of the two cities never accomplish any thing more than the killing off of the ill feeling that has heretofore existed in greater or less degree, they will have accomplished a big work. r RESIDENT ARMSTRONG of the Gas Company re ports a most surprising willingness on the part of eras consumers to sign up agreements releasing the company from rebates in return for dollar gas on December 1. A whole lot of this is due, doubtless, to the frankness of President Armstrong in stating the case to the public and to the public belief that under present management the company is more inclined to lend an ear. to demands than formerly. While dollar gas is greatly to be desired it is more desirable to ascertain just how far the muni-, cipality may go in the fixing of rates and imposing condi tions. This will not be determined until the supreme court hands down its decision, which may be delayed a year or two. The amount of rebates due the average consumer in case the supreme court decides for the city are insignifi cant in comparison to the other benefits that will accrue. And, after all, "peace with honor" is to be preferred to constant scrapping. N OW if we could only-frame up a deal whereby the city could get an adequate car service and at tne same time settle all difference it has with the Traction Company how happy we might be. As the matter now stands the car service is abnominable, the company is in financial straits and the city and company mixed up in litigation. Would it be possible, for President Sharp to frame up and submit a proposition that Would bring about some such amicable adjustment of all difficulties as the one President Armstrong of the Gas Company has framed up? I F YOU really believe that Lincoln is full of empty re sidences, you ought to go out and try to rent for reas onable price a desirable residence of six or eight rooms. There are a number of empty houses of this description that are new and have never been occupied. These nave been built for speculative purposes and the rent asked is absurdly high. But such a house that rents for a reason able sum is snapped up in a hurry. There is an unsatisfied demand for semi-modern cottages of from five to six rooms renting for from $18 to $25 A hundred such cottages, if located fairly well, could be rented during . the next month, and the owners could pick their tenants.