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FEBRUARY 12, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
House Roll 171
This measure is foredoomed to de
featmark that down. The railroads
have so willed it. It will have a few
republican votes in the house, and it
ought to have 24 fusion votes there.
Every railroad republican will vote
against it or dodge.
The principle involved in House
Roll 171 is right and the bill ought
to pass and would pass if the leg
islature were Hot so overwhelmingly
under railroad influence. It simply
gives to the citizens of Omaha their
constitutional right to assess and tax
all property (not specifically exempt)
within the jurisdiction of the city for
The assessment, levy and collec
tion of taxes in the city of Omaha for
CITY- purposes have nothing in the
woiid to do with state or county
taxes in Douglas county or elsewhere.
The enactment of House Roll 171 will
not in the slightest degrea affect the
amount of school taxes paid by the
railroads in any other portion of the
state. But its enactment will compel
the railroads to contribute their pro
portionate share toward maintaining
city government in Omaha, which
they do not now do and that is why
they are trying to deceive the people
by pretending that the bill is an
Omaha scheme to rob the country
school districts. It is nothing of the
kind. It is simply applying the prin
ciple of home rule to municipal taxa
tion. Do not be deceived by the railroad
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S. B. Ham, Attorney
the District Court in and for Lancaster
county, Nebraska. Luther Batten, Plain
tiff, vs. John Young, Mr. John Young, his
wife, first name unknown, K. R. Young, first
name unknown. Mrs. E. K. Young, first name
unknown, E. R. Rayburn first nnine un
known, and Mrs. E. R. Rayburn, first name
NOTICE TO NON-RESIDENT DEFENDANTS
The defendants John Young, Mrs. John Young
bis wife, first name unknown, E. R. Young,
first name unknown, Mrs. E. R. Young, bis wife,
first name unknown, E. R. Rayburn first name
unknown and Mrs. E. R. Rayburn his wife
first name unknown, non-residents and defen
dants in said cause will each take notice that the
E' laintirT, Lather Batten on February 11th 1903
!od bis amended petition against said defen
dants and each and all of them in the District
icourt of Lancaster county, Nebraska the object
tnd prayer of said petition being to have title
a the real estate described as north (N Vi) of
nuth west quarter (S. W. i) of section (8) town
ship eleven (11) range eight (8) Lancaster
county Nebraska.quieted in said Luther Batten,
to hate the clond cast on plUntiff s title by the
claims of said defendants and each And all of
them removed and to have them each and all
forever barred from assertingany claim against
','said lands and to have the record title of said
John Young cancelled as against said plaintilT.
Yon are required to answer said petition on
or before Monday the 22d dnv of March, lWKj.
Notice of Special Sleeting
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting
of the stockholders of the National Manufac
turing Company, a manufacturing corporation
organized under the laws of tho state of Nebi'us
ka doing business at K:i0to 15"4 N street in the
city of Lincoln. Lancaster county, Nebraska, is
is called to meet at the oilico of said manufac
turing corporation at ti p. in. Monday, March
iCth, 1903, for the purpose of electing a board of
directors for the ensuing year.
J. E. RING,
Dated February 11, 1903 President,
C. M. RING,
cry of distribution." . There is no
such thing as "distribution" in the
matter of city taxes and there ought
not to be. Let us illustrate: Sup
pose the Omaha terminals of the Un
ion Pacific to be worth ten million
dollars, and the remaining property,
including the line to the west end of
the state, to be worth twenty-five mil
lions. The terminals would be worth
but little if it were not for the 4G7
miles of road and the branches ex
tending out in the state; but these,
on the other hand, would be worth
but little without terminals SOME
WHERE say at Omaha. According
ly, the whole railroad is assumed to
be worth $35,000,000 (these figures
are arbitrary and simply for illustra
tion), and in order to even up mat
ters, the total value is divided by the
total number of miles of "line" (that
is, exclusive, of side and double
tracks), which gives a per mileage
valuation. Then for state and county
taxation a mile of "line" in Dawson
county is held to be worth the same
as a mile in Omaha, Douglas county.
This is the "distribution," and it ap
plies only to state and county taxes,
because state and eountv government
alone cover every foot oi the railroad
in the state.
Property owners in Omaha (and in
any other incorporated city) pay state,
county and city taxes; property own
ers, outside of an incorporated city,
state and county but not city taxes.
Wherever the railroad runs through
an incorporated city or village, only
the number of miles within that city
or village are taxed for city or village
purposes. Outside of that the mile
age pays no city taxes.
Now, the "distribution" idea is
equitable for state and county taxa
tion, because whatever of the ten
million dollar terminals escape state
and county taxation in Douglas, will
be caught in some other county. But
this is not true of city taxes, for
three-fourths or more of the entire
467 miles of Union Pacific lies wholly
outside of any city or village. Apply
ing the "distribution" idea to Omaha
city taxes, robs Omaha, but helps no
other portion of the state. It is no
benefit to any taxpayer whatsoever
except the Union Pacific railroad, and
other railroads entering Omaha.
And House Roll 171 seeks to abol
ish the injustice by repealing that
portion of the Omaha charter which
was forced in there by railroad dicta
tion. But as railroad dictation put it
there, it will keep it there. Dou't
The same arguments that are urged
on behalf of Omaha apply to every
other city or village in the state. For
city purposes only the local authori
ties should be given power to assess
railroad property within the juris
diction, wholly regardless of any
state board or distribution theories.
House Roll 171, of course, could not
cover the whole field because it
amends simply the Omaha charter.
The Lincoln charter should be sim
ilarly amended. And the laws gov
erning the incorporation of all other
cities should be treated likewise.
Populist and democratic members
of the legislature should make no mis
take in voting on House Roll 171.
Free Delivery Abuses
An incident has come to light which
has every appearance of an abuse of
the rural free delivery. Something
like two years ago, so The Indepen
dent is informed, the patrons along
rural route No. 2, from Lincoln, were
required to buy and set in place "ap
proved" boxes, for which they paid
something like a dollar apiece. These
are of tin and they shield the con
tents from rain and snow perfectly.
The driver can easily reach them and
deposit and collect mail without dis
mounting. Tito 1m opens, say, toward
But a short time since the patrons
along this rcv.te wete served with
RURAL FREE DELIVERY SERVICE
Mr. Charles Schweiger, Route No. 2.
Lincoln P. O. Neb. Statecmfw
Sir: Patrons of rural free deliv
ery routes are required to provide
mail boxes approved by the postoffice
department, so located on the route
that the carrier cari easily reach them
to dep..) u r.j.d collect mail without
dismount ir.r: from his conveyance. Ap
proved boxes are protected by act of
congress. In compliance with Order
No. 739, of postmaster general,
THIS MAIL BOX HAS BEEN EXAM
INED AND FOUND UNSUITABLE.
IT IS HEREBY CONDEMNED.
If, within 30 days from this date,
you have not provided an approved
box, your mail will be held at the
postoffice to be called for.
A list of approved boxes may be
found in the hands of either the post
master or carrier. (Signed)
L. A. THOMPSON,
January 20, 1903.
Not a word of explanation why the
old box Is condemned. It is simply
"unsuitable," doubtless because a cer
tain republican newspaper in Lincoln
has "suitable" mail boxes to sell. Of
course, there are some sixteen "ap
proved" boxes, but the inquirer gen
erally finds that the box par excel
lence is to be found only at the State
Journal office. The lid opens west.
The box costs $2. But if the victim of
route inspectors and special agents
feels like paying $4 for a year's sub
scription to that purveyor of politi
cal putridity, he will be presented
with this "approved" mail box one
that will pass muster under the cagl
eye of Mr. Thompson "free gratis."
By th,e way, isn't that violating one
of Mr. Madden's commandments? Isn't
it extending circulation by giving
premiums which are the main incen
tive to subscribing?
Horse and Horse
At a meeting of the populist execu
tive state committee in Lincoln, Jan
uary 19, a resolution was passed that
"the people's independent party of the
state of Nebraska act independent of
all other political parties." Well, the
pops have not been "acting" very
much in conjunction with the demo
crats, and they ought certainly to be
allowed to do something aside from
voting the republican prosperity-let-well-enough-alone-railroad
et. W. S. Goldie, in Wayne Democrat.
It's about six of one and half a
dozen of the other, Mr. Goldie. Demo
crats taught them the trick of voting
the republican ticket as a protest.
Not At All
In 1892 Sarpy county had 94.19
miles of railroad assessed at $006,713,
while in 1902 she had 98.40 miles
which was assessed at $581,679, over
twenty-five thousand less. This is
one of the things our legislature is
called on to regulate. J. C. Miller,
in Springfield (Neb.) Monitor.
That issue was thrashed over in
the campaign last fall, Bro. Miller,
and the people decided they didn't
want higher railroad assessments.
Auditor Weston, who helped make the
condition referred to, was elected by
the largest majority of any of th
Worship ol the Trusts
' Hail! Anthracite,
Most high and lordly trust.
To thee we bend our knee
And grovel in the dust;
For thou are powerful.
Long hours for thee we toil.
Hail also thy twin brother,
Who sits enthroned
And grips us by the neck,
Compelling us to shell out
Money by the peck.
A pair of greedy monsters,
These twin brothers,
Who hold us in their clutch;
And yet we know of others
That have a tariff graft
On every workingman,
Who grinds and sweats
To pay them all he can
From week to week,
And" year to year,
Without one dollar left
His soul to cheer.
Hail! loveliest sugar trust,
Thou sweetest one of all.
Oh, what a great necessity;
Yet at thy feet we fall.
Our little children beg
For one sweet lump,
From day to day,
While we poor workmen
Slave and pinch and scrimp,
This sugar bill to pay.
Hail! glorious tariff,
Mighty trusts' prosperity,
Full dinner pail;
To each and every one
"Must we stand pat,"
And cry, All Hail!
A. S. HEM EN WAY.
Dekalb Junction, N. Y.
The Wahoo Wasp, after a year's
trial, will change from 4-column, 6
page, form to a seven-column quarto.
Most of its subscribers prefer the
"Highly proper that the farmers
"t)i ur:vi w 1 LI1 UVVIl
fire and organize trusts of their own,"
is the comment of W. J. Waite of the
Geneva Gazette, on the grain grow
Editor Walrath of the Osceola Dem
ocrat got even with his "esteemed
contemporary," the Record, last week
by exposing the Frank Harrison "edi
torial" scheme, which the Record bit
has moved to 1321 O street.
Reduced rent makes it possible"
to still further cut the prices
Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets 64c
Stuart's Catarrh Cure..... 79c
Miles' Remedies .79c;
Pinkham Compound ..04c
Ayers' Sarsaparilla 79c
Hood's Sarsaparilla i . .74c
Paine's Celery Compound. .74o
S. S.S i C4c
Shoop's Remedies $1.00
Kilmer's Swamp Root 64c
Scott's Emulsion 64c
Pierce's Remedies.... 64c
Malted Milk 74c
Hospital Size 12.99
Penaud's Hair Tonic 79c
Piso's Consumption Cure.. 19c
Omega Oil . 19c
St. Jacob's Oil 19c
Temptation Tonic 64c
Anti Phlogistine 39c
Liebig's Extract 19c
Cuticura Soap 19c
Packer's Tar Soap 19c
Lablach Face Powder 39c
Pozzoni Face Powder 39c
Swandown Face Powder. . ,15c
Mistletoe Cream 19c
Pinaud's Vegitol 19c
7 5 cent Cigars . ,25c
4 10 cent Cigars 25c
OUR OWN PREPARATIONS.
We guarantee these.
Riggs' Celery and Sarsa
Riggs' Kidney Cure 61c
Riggs' Tasteless Cod
Liver Oil 64c
Riggs' Emulsion Cod
Liver Oil 64c
Riggs' Pure Cod
Liver Oil 64c
Riggs' Castoria Pitcher's
Riggs' Tropical Fig
Riggs' llive Syrup 19c
Riggs' Soothing Syrup 19c
Riggs' Dandruff Cure 74c
Riggs' Hair Restorer 74c
Riggs' Beef Iron and
Riggs' Cough Cure 19c
Riggs' Liquid Smoke 59c
Riggs' Dyspepsia Tablets.. .64c
Riggs' Trilby Headache
Riggs' Catarrh Tablets 39c
Riggs' Cascara Tablets 19c
Riggs' Pile Cure 39c
Riggs' Eczema Cure 19c
Riggs' Formaldehyde 19c
This is tho place to buy your
sundries. Mail orders prompt
RIGGS... Cut Rater.
ES. 1321 0 STREET.
The York Teller, which has sup
ported the populist ticket in good'
times and evil, comes out flat-footed'
for the democrats. With the Kan
sas City platform as guide, men loyal :
to those principles to lead, every pop-,
ulist in the union should' join the
Teller editor and march into the dem
ocratic ranks to stay. Adams County
Frank was a silver republican in
1896, and as his cardinal plank was
16 to 1, of course he never was a
thorough-paced populist. Where he
affiliates is wholly his affair, but there
are a good many thousand fusion pop
ulists who will not follow him.
W. R. Hampton, attorney, Harris
burg, Neb.: I am now 75 years old,
but have never, since Peter Cooper
was a candidate for president, voted
for a republican for that office. I am
what you may call a greenbacker, or,
in other words, I am in favor of free
coinage of both gold and silver, sup
plying the deficiency with government
notes to keep prices of all products
steady. There never was a legal ten--der
dollar of gold or silver except
as the fiat of government made it so.
We should do away with the national
banks, which are double-interest
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