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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Jan. 27, 1911)
SOME OF NEBRASKA'S COUNTY SEAT FIGHTS OF THE OLD DAYS
A Lincoln evening paper recently made mention of some. of
the county seat fights that have been pulled off in Nebraska, making
especial mention of the way Knox county farmers put a quietus on
county seat boomers. After three or four fruitless county seat
elections the farmers of Knox took things in their own hands and
located the county seat in the center of the county, miles from any
town or railroad. They named the new county seat Center, and
now the warring factions have the fun of traveling overland whenever
they want to transact business at the Knox' county capital.
There have t been some" really historic "county seat fights in Ne
braska', notably the one in Kearney county when Lowell was de
prived1 of the seat of county government.' And the fight between
Trenton- and Culbertson in Hitchcock county was a corker. 'AAnd
that reminds us of something that happened the night the Trenton
supporters loaded up the county records at .Culbertson-and pro
ceeded to drag them over to Trenton. The writer was at that time
on the World-Herald staff, and as a side issue attended to the
Nebraska correspondence for a Chicago daily. There was really
wo fighting at Culbertson, although guns were, flourished and fists
shaken. The -World-Herald had all the facts, but the Chicago paper
"got a "bulletin" from somewhere that there had been a pitched battle,
and its night editor wired the Omaha correspondent for full par
ticulars. The correspondent wired back that he had sent in all the
facts. The night editor wired back to this effect. "Reliably in
formed pitched battle at Culbertson. Must have story. Rush."
Whereupon the Omaha correspondent proceeded to follow instruc
tions. He . wired in the story of a battle a little less sanguinary
than Gettysburg or Cold Harbor, going into details at great length,
generously-using local color and-giving an occasional name in a
way-that "would not bring on any libel suits. The "story" made a
couple of columns in the Chicago daily and was printed on the first
page under big ''scarehe&ds" as a' sample of; the wild and wooly west
ern method of doing things. iThe only blood that was shed in that
battle wag ( shed; iWhen. an intoxicated man , attempted to climb into
a iwagony .slipped : and bumped his nose ' on the wagon wheel.
Jleference to this incident lis made merely to show upon what
flimsy pretexts some of those big western "news stories" are based.
Eut if that Chicago paper had kept on insisting for more about the
"Battle of Culbertson" the Omaha correspondent would have been
forced to call out the state rKiitia the next day, and follow it up
with federal interference on the next day. He believes to this day
that he would have been equal to the task at so much per column.
Short Arm Jabs at the Jaw
Nebraska needs a new constitution as badly as a ship needs a
rudder or a wagon a tongue.
that it is what Senator Ingalls would have called a "d d irridescent
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kji course we arc iduuii' lu ace. xiatK uiu xr. jvuiicf wrcsuc, r- . , -r . , , . , , , ' , , .
t . ,j . j r . Au-u . 9i nne enterprise and thrift and put a premium on sloth and lack of
but we d go a great deal further to see Governor Aldnch put Dan! . , 1, , -
" e e r pntprnnse msr sr Inner will ixr navo iinniiol t-mm-n
.. All this talk about gettting good service out of precinct asses
sors, whether elected or appointed, is tommyrot. The thing is
impossible imder our present system of taxation. As long as we
Butler's shoulders to the mat.
Some of these days an enterprising Nebraskan will make the
race for governor on the platform, "To hell with false economy"
and he will poll a lot of votes, too.
We take it very much to heart that the "capital movers" should
renew their agitation after having deprived us of that promised
barbecue on the state house grounds.
We dare Governor Dix of New York to follow the goodly
example set by Governor Wilson of New Jersey in the senatorship
matter now pending in the Empire state.
Just why the city councilmen declined to occupy boxes at! the
hospital benefit at the Oliver is a puzzle. They are experts on
boxes, having put the public therein on more than one occasion. t
A plate at the Lincoln Ad Club banquet will rejuvenate you
something surprising. The spring that Col; Ponce de Leon looked
for wouldn't have been a marker to the banquet, even had he
found it. ... " :'. .
One by Dr. Farnam : "Too much talking through the -mouth,
too little breathing through the nostrils. This much, because the
rcputatble physician's chief ambition should be to prevent disease,
not to cure it."
enterprise, just so long will we have unequal taxation on account
of unjust asssessments. -
Beating Prohibition in Oklahoma
He'was'always at the depot in the little Oklahoma town when
the southbound trains pulled in. Spying .a man who looked thirsty
he would sidle up to the car window and whisper :
"Like to have a bottle of 'cold tea' to take with you ?"
"Sure !" would be the usual response. "How much?"
"Dollar for a pint, but you musn't take a drink till the train pulls
out or 111 get into trouble."
The "dollar would drop into the hand of the man on the platform,
and he would slip a bottle into the hands of the man in the coach. A
minute or two after the train started the man in the coach would un
corw the bottle and take a deep draught.
And it was always cold tea, for a fact.
The vendor was never at the depot when the northbound trains
In Something of a Fix
After waiting for weary months to get the ornamental street
lights to going, the city suddenly discovers that it has not arranged to
connect up with the city lighting plant, that it. will take $12,000 to do
this, and that no provision has been made for raising the money.
AH of which reminds us of a German friend down in Missouri.
He came down town one morning, his face wreathed in smiles,
and chuckling to himself.
"What makes you feel so good this morning, August?" asked a
"Veil, such a fine jokes as I got on mein frau."
"Joke on your wife- What is it."
"Say, she yoost got two babies at our house an' she ain't got only
Lincoln Ad Club Banquet
February 7 will be social night 'with the Lincoln Ad club, and it
Too many elections in Nebraska! State officers last year, su- will be observed by a banquet at the Lindell at 6:45. In addition to
preme judges and university regents this year. Next year state the feast of good things to eat there will be the usual "feast of reason
officers again, and the next year supreme judges and university and flow of soul." This much is assured because the program com
regents. Let's elect our state officers for four years,1 making them initteehas framed up something especially good and wholly "differ
ineligible for re-election. ' ent." The printed program when it appears will not contain all of the
features, but it will contain enough to assure the guests the time of
Representative Gait's effort to make campaigns clean is very -their lives. Governor Aldrich, Senator Ned Brown, Representative
commendable; the trouble with" it being that he has gone at it H. G Taylor and -other distinguished public men will respond to
wrong end to. He. should have provided for the filing of candidates toasts. There will be incidental music we came near saying acci
against whom no word of detraction could be said, or by legislative dental music and a vaudeville stunt or two.
enactment provided for an entire change in human nature. Rep-" - " The. Lincoln; Ad club is framing up a lot of surprisingly good
resentative Gait's bill 'reads well, the chief objection to it beinjg'stun.firSr the 'benefit -f when a live bunch
t The "big stunt" billed for Lincoln this winter is the Ad Club
banquet to be pulled off at the Lindell hotel on the evening of Feb
ruary 7, Marquis of Queensbury rules, not hitting in the clinches
and pivot blow barred.
Speaking wholly as a dininterested party, we are of the opinion
that the "wets" went a step too far when they took that sort of thing
into the selection of an executive commitee for the chief business or
ganization of the city.
Eleven buckwheat cakes, liberally smeared with butter and
syrup; nine large sausages fried in their own grease; three eggs
poached, two cups of coffee well creamed and sugared. After such
a breakfast as that a man is fit for the morgue or a poor day's work.
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