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circumstances is a much more powerful argument against our present "ticians, and for that reason it is going to be retold in these columns
judiciary system than Warren in the editorial chair could be. next week. It will be worth reading, too. -
The Capital Removal Organization is still busy. The real
estate boomers and ''hammermen" who are behind this move are
having a lot of fun with themselves and causing no one any par
ticular uneasiness, least of all the people of Lincoln. Nebraskans
who understand the situation will not work up any particular en
thusiasm over the removal project, well knowing that it had its
inception in a desire to "punish Lincoln" for her attitude on certain
moral and social questions, and taken up by men who desire to
inflate the value of real estate by having people believe that the
state house is very likely to be moved to their immediate vicinity.
A half -million people will have q settle rn Nebraska west of Hall
county before any city will be more easily' accessible ag a capital
than Lincoln is now: A circle one hundred -and fifty5 th iles-' in
diameter of which1 Lincoln is the center, would" take1 in three-fourths
cf the state's. present population." -In other-words,' three-fourths of
the people in Nebraska live within seventy-five miles of Lincoln.
So far as a somewhat extensive observation reveals, this is true of
no other capital city east of the Rocky Mountains. The capital
movers should spend a decade or two in rigging up some' sort of a
disguise for their ulterior motives.
The plan so successfully used in the sale of Texas lands ought
to work equally well or better with Nebraska land, the only differ
ence being that the size of the Nebraska tract would of necessity
have to be somewhat larger. There are in Nebraska something
like 12,000,000 acres of fertile but untitled land, much of it lying in
large tracts and held by land speculators. There are thousands of
people yearning to get onto the land, and Nebraska needs several
hundred thousand more people upon her soil. As soon as Will
Schwind and John Maher get through with their big land deals in
Texas we would like to see them tackle the same sort of a game
with Nebraska land. If they were one-half as successful in Ne
braska as they have been in their Valley Fruit Farm and Garden
Company deal, they would make good money and at the same time
confer a wonderful benefit upon Nebraska.
Naturally enough, Senator Norris Brown is taking an active
pert in this new "progressive league." The returns from the Ne
braska election last fall were calculaated to make the junior soon-tc-be-senior
senator understand that "insurgency," on "progres
siveness," Whichever you are mind to call it," is the thing in Ne
braska, and that swinging on the fence will no longer suffice. Nor
ris big vote in the Fifth was also calculated to make Senator Brown -sit
up and take notice. Weeks ago this newspaper predicted that
Senator Brown would begin insurging to beat the band, and al
ready the first- proof of the truth of the prediction has come to hand.
v- i.givL:iu 11ULV; uiv. auoviivc wviaLyi - rv . j lull - xw4u
the list of senatorial .members -of , the- "progressive league." -Senator
for re-election. -.--...: - . -.- rii : .v ...?
If the formation of the "progressive- league" ; means anything-,
at all it means radical realignment 01 men and parties. Ihe men
pt-shing that league can not expect the support of the Payne-Aldrich-Cannon
cohorts any more than the "Bryanites" ever expected the
hearty and honest co-operation of the Parkers, Belmonts, Murphys.
Connors and others of that ilk. The rumpus that was pulled off
in the democratic party in 1S96 will not be a marker to the. one
that is going to be pulled off within the republican ranks between
new and 1916.
What the Office Boy Says
Me clothes ain't as fashunable as some w'ot de kids o my age is
wearing but I bought an paid Fr mine.
P'rhaps me woiges would be bigger if sassiety didn't haf t keep
so many fellers busy makin' a easy livin'.
Me best goil ain't much at de pianner playin game, but de bistdts
she makes are reglar Mendelshon sonaters.
Just as we warned City Clerk Dan! Butler of Omaha last
week. Governor Aldrich comes right back with what looks like
the proof. When a city ward casts more votes than the govern
ment census shows male inhabitants thereof, the indications are
that there is something wrong about the voting. And the issuance
of certificates in blank, amply proved by the governor, is so palpably
illegal that we doubt if even City Clerk Dan'l Butler will have the
nerve to defend the practice.
I'm achin t meet up wid some people datll take more intrust
in me present an not so much in me future.
I reckon de reason de men ain't marryin is dat de goils worth
bavin' don't want t give up good jobs an' take de riski
Folks is alius advisin' us woikin'men t buy homes, an' de tax col
lector is wait in 'round de corner t' soak us if we do it.
Governor Aldrich is clearly right when he demands something
be done along reform lines in the matter of registration and voting,
but it is to be hoped that the measures he asks for will be well
considered. He is asking for something revolutionary, this matter
of allowing the governor to appoint registrars, to appoint special
election police and transfer election officials from one precinct to
another. Especially is it to be hoped that his suggestion about
special state police for elections will receive no consideration what
ever. Various sections of the country have had experience with
that sort of thing, and never satisfactory. Federal soldiers at the
polls in the south and John I. Davenport's special election police
in New York created enough trouble to last this country several
generations. Instead of curing election evils in New York, Daven
port's constables added a lot more.
WTien dad was sick last fall de members o his church prayed Fr
his recov'ry. His union sent de secretary aroun' wid .de sick benefit
in cold cash.
Strikes me dat a lot o' employers is tryin t' cover up their desire
t git boys t do the woik by hollerin dat de unions is deprivin' boys
o their chance t learn trades.
De goil dat's been wToikin all day in a fae'ry or store is de only
one dat gits me seat in de car when I starts home t' me eats. De damC
w'ot's been shoppin c'n hang on t' de trap.
WTien dad's gas bill is over due he gits notus t pay up or it'll
be shut off. Wish dere was some way o shuttin off de gas dat a lot
o would-be statesmen is usin' these days.
Holding that Governor Aldrich has proved his case despite tu . j i. -j r j u
the strenuous declamations of Citv Clerk Dan's Butler, we are . DTe 1x555 5ef e T Vi -!k .P5 cr
now waiting to hear what Danl has to say. That he will have aa"; .I.?ya,? ? ,husk? JkcJramitlis 'Zf? j Peters, plumbers
something to say is not to be doubted. an bricklayers bein spoiled by makin half-baked lawyers o dem.
Any land congress, or conservation congress, or any other kind
of a western congress, that is organized and then put in the attitude
cf opposing Gifford Pinchot is going to be discounted in the minds
ot the people before it gets well started. The opposition to the
Pinchot policies comes from men whose schemes of gigantic
profit at the expense of the whole people have been thwarted by
the gifted forester. Prof. Condra is to be congratulated for having
nipped an anti-Pinchot scheme in the bud when the land congress
was organized at Omaha . this week.
Joe' Bums dropped into Lincoln the first of the week, and
immediately things legislative took on a more familiar aspect. The
spectacle of the ever-smiling Joe" perambulating the corridors of
the state house and putting his arms around the legislators, is
calculated to make us all reminiscent.
Now if Church Howe, and -Tom Majors would happen along
on the same day and hobnob with -the. members -.a ;bi.. -wouldn't
things look natural? -The story of the - Howe-Majors- fead. is an old
ore so old.that it will be ne to jthe -younger generation of poli-
, WTien a lot o' women git together dey sip a cup o tea and nibble
a bit o cake. WTien a lot o" men git together dey fill up on a course
dinner, tell stories courser dan de dinner, an' swill 'steen kinds 'o'
booze. Yet dat same bunch of men would prob'ly say dat women
ain't got sense enuf t be trusted wid de ballot.
True of Oregon, True ofNebrasIca
x ne real owners 01 tne iana in urcgon are xne people 01 vregon.
Lack of every land title, no matter how yellow with age, is the power
and right of taxation. The sovereign state never can give
more than a leasehold, call it what you will in redundancy of law.
The people of Oregon own the land of Oregon as long as the
people are a free people and not dominated by some foreign power.
If the people of Oregon conclude that it is foolish to collect rent from
houses and jewelry the people can cease to do so, and can increase
will be a great ay when the holiers'of vast land values in -city- and
country are told .to pay more rent or vacate the premises. Portland
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