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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
MARCH 6, 1JW3.
. olngs of the Nebraska Solon Bail road
' lobby Beginning to Crack IU Whip
When the legislature adjourned last
Friday the 34th legislative day was
finished. Tomorrow will complete the
" 39th day. So far substantially nothing
has been done, aside from tne intro
duction of bills, most of minor import
ance, and the killing of House Roll 330
the measure for equitable taxation
... . till a Hief
in Clues. 1 lie vm, vi '
fa thfl one measure of prime import'
a nee, and Its passage in its present
form will mean much heavier taxes for
the farmers and small business men
J it nrt aharillltPIV. I ISM'
er taxes for the railroads and other
. fnmAratfnns bie enough to afford
brass-collared legislators and lobby
ists to lead them.
HOW THEY DID IT.
Fiftv-one republicans and two fu-
eionists in the house Tuesday were
compelled to admit that they are
thft railroad collar. This is
how it came about. The house had
imfter rrttsideration the standing com
mlttee's reports on House Roll 330
a majority report signed oy nve re
publicans recommending indefinite
postponement, and a minority report
signed by four (including one fusion
ist) recommending that the bill be
placed on general file. speaHer woc
ett held that the majority report was
the only one pending. Ten Eyck of
Douglas moved that the report be not
adopted and that the bill be placed on
general file. Douglas of Rock, the
railroad republican leader, opposed the
motion and persisted in going into the
merits of the bill. Ten Eyck thought
this should be done in committee of
the -whole. Kennedy (fusionist) of
Douglas and Loomis ( fusionist ) or.
Dodge believed so, too. Finally a roll
call was had, and every railroad re
publican answered "no" as his name
was called. Memminger and Shin-
stock were aDsent, dut. asiae irum wvm
every fusionist voted "aye," except
Mikesell of Dixon and Shipley of
Hitchcock, The vote stood 38 to 53,
shofing perhaps somewhat less than
the real railroad strength if It came
, to a pinch.
. THE FIRST LINE-UP.
The following Is the detailed vote on
H. R.: 330, fusionists in capitals, re
publicans in lower case:
For equitable taxation: Aye AN
DERSON of Kearney, BECHER, DO
BRY, EGGENBURGER, FELLERS,
Friedrich, FRIES, Gilbert, GISHWIL
LER, Gregg, HOY, Jahnel, JOHNSON,
Jones of Otoe, KAVENi, KENNEDY,
KITTELL, Koetter, LOOMIS, McAl
lister, McCULLOCH, Mangold, Mors
man, Nelson of Douglas, Ramsey,
Riggs, Sadler, Sears, Spurlock,
STARTZER, Sweezy, Ten Eyck,
THORPE,, TOOLE Y, TRASK, VLASK,
For railroad tax-shirking: .No
Anderson of Hamilton, Anderson of
Knox, Atwood, Bacon, Bartoo, Bel
den, Burgess, Caldwell, Cassel, Chris
ty, oats, Copsey, Cravens, Cropsey,
Cunningham, Currie, Davis, Deles
Dernier, Detrick, Douglas, Ferrar,
Fisher, Ford, Good, Hanna, Harmon,
' Herron, Hogrefe,' '.Holliet, Hunter,
Jones of Richardson, Jouvenat, Jnn-
1-1 vr . r . -w r V .. m m .
Kin, xverns, is.nox, jMcuiay, Mcuiain,
Mendenhall, Meredith, MIKESELL,
Nelson of Pierce, Reed, Ribble, Rob
. bins, Roberts, Rouse, SHIPLEY,
; Smith, Spier, Stetson, Warner, We
borg, Wilson, Mr. Speaker.
Thus was the question", of equitable
railroad taxation for municipal pur
poses neatly strangled without per
mitting discussion on the merits of
the bill. Douglas of Rock handled the
railroad lash with the dexterity of a
master, although, to tell the fact, the
opposition to him was feeble to say
the least Sears and Sweezy had gump
tion enough to favor the motion, thus
putting oif the evil day when they
would be compelled to obey the rail
road summons; but most of the re
publican members stolidly voted as
- they were told, making no comment.
there would be double taxation for
SCHOOL purposes but not for city
purposes. But the railroads seeming
ly did not care to have this known
because it would clinch the argument
as concerning CITY taxes and they
made a dishonest fight The partisans
of House Roll 171 must have, known
about the double taxation for SCHOOL
Dumoses. but they said nothing abou
it rand auietly dropped 171 and in
troduced 330, extending the principle
to all cities and towns having a sep
arate. taxing jurisdiction, and attempt
ing to remedy the school district pro
vision by inserting the very thing
they fought so hard in the law as it
now stand3. House Roll 330 would
have been just as unfair to the other
taxpayers of the Omaha school ais
trict, with regard to school taxes, as
the present law is with regard to beta
city , and school taxes in tnar, city.
The proper remedy was to have
amended the school law so that the
Omaha school taxes should be levied
on the COUNTY valuation.
However, it was a step in the di
rection of equitable taxation, even if
not as good as it might have been
made, and every fusionist and repub
lican who voted for it deserves credit
It has shown that the majority of the
reDublican members are absolutely
under railroad domination something
that is no news, to The Independent,
but hard to make the average mullet
Mikesell and Shipley may have what
they believe the best reasons for their
vote on H. R. 330, bnt it will be diffi
cult to convince many people that
they are any less subservient to the
railroads than were the 51 republicans
with whom they lined up. Refusing
even to allow discussion in commit
tee of the whole Is rather a high
handed way of killing a bill that pur
ports to rectify as rank an Injustice
as now exists in the .case of Omaha,
South Omaha and Lincoln city taxa
tion. THE "STAR" JOKER.
The Lincoln Daily Star reporter,
who "does" the house, unconsciously
got off a good joke Tuesday in his re
port of the slaughter of House Roll
330. He said:
"Mr. Douglas again objected to the
consideration of the bill, thinking that
it had been discussed enough. He was
sure that the people understood the
principal involved, and he was
tired of having the matter dinged in
to the ears of the house all the time."
vOf course the people understand the
"principal involved" Mr. John N.
Baldwin of Iowa. They understand
him thoroughly. And they understand
the 51 republicans and two fusionists
who followed Mr. Douglas' leadership
in helping this "principal" out of a
hole by killing H. R. 330.
The amount of fog which has been
raised over this question of local as
sessment ;. for municipal purposes is
simply wonderful. And the Douglas
county contingent has been handi
capped In combatting the railroad
sophistries (even assuming every
member to be . earnestly In favor of
-the principle which is very doubt
"ful) because the question has not been
presented in an open, frank manner.
-Leaving off the second section of
.House Roll 171, the measure was ab
solutely ; flawless standing alone. But
laws do not stand like lone trees on
a boundless prairie. The school levy
for the metropolitan school -district of
Omaha Is made on the CITY valuation
not upon the county valuation. Ac
cordingly, with House Roll 171 a law,
The Bee professes to ' believe that
there is no difference between the
parties on the question of equitable
taxation; thus it is simply a question
of railroad and anti-monopoly legisla
tors. Well, how can we judge a par
ty except by the action of the major
ity of its representatives? Let us look
at the vote of H. R. 330:
For equitable taxation:
For railroad domination:
The fusionists stood ten to one for
equitable taxation. The republicans
stood nearly three to one against
Sixty-eight per cent of the entire
republican membership of the house
brazenly wore the railroad collar; 24
per cent refused to do so; and 8 per
cent did not vote. More than two
thirds of the party representatives
standing one way is enough to show
the party leaning.
On the other hand only one-twelfth
of the fusionists fell by the. wayside;
one-twelfth did not vote; and five
sjxths of them showed their colors.
The Revenue Bill
Although 2,000 copies of this bill
were said to have been printed, The
Independent was unable to procure one
Tuesday, and, therefore, cannot dis
cuss in detail the objectionable fea
tures. In a general way the bill aims at
raising greater revenues by making
the farmer and small property holder
pay more taxes, but allowing the rail
roads . to continue their tax-shirking,
both as to state, county and school
district taxes; and as to city taxes.
This is wholly in harmony with the
republican platform of last year,
when given a fair interpretation in the
light of the surrounding circumstances.
A majority of the farmers and small
property owners said by their votes
they wanted just such a measure.
They ought to have it. But fusion
members of the legislature cannot af
ford to sit passive and allow the bill
to become a law, without an attempt
to amend it by offering a substitute
bill which contains the essential lea
tures outlined in the Grand Island
No elaborate substitute bill Is neces
sary. A few. important amendments
to the present revenue law are suf
ficient At a cost of many' thousand
dollars probably into the hundred
thousand mark many of the sections
of the present' law have been Inter
preted by our supreme court, and an
entirely new law will mean years of
lawsuits and great expense to reach
the status of the existing statute on
The prime necessities are (a)
amendment of section 75 by making it
possible for the state board to levy a
dollar of state tax for every dollar ap
propriated by the legislature. That
will raise more revenues and the
railroads will come in for part of the
Increase, unless Baldwin's board
should cut down the railroad assess
ment this year, (b) Amendment of
section 32 in harmony with the su
preme court's holdings in the Omaha
case. (O Amendment or sections 6v
and 40 so that in arriving at the fair
cash value of railroad property, the
market value of the stocks and bonds
shall be taken to represent the value
of the tangible property and the fran
chise. Other amendments might be
suggested, but these will cover the
ground sufficiently to fulfill the prom
ises made at Grand Island.
liya & Buchanan Co.,
SOUTH OMAHA, NEBRASKA.
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1,000. Send stamp for particulars. Na
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Xotleei of Special lifting
Notice ia hereby sriven that a soecial ma tin
of the stockholders of the National Mannf ae
turing Company, a manufacturing corporation
organized under the lawi of the state of Nebras
ka doing business at 1530 to 1534 N street in the
city of Lincoln. Lancaster county, Nebraska, ia
ia called to meet at the office of said manufac
turing: corporation at 6 p. m. Monday, March
16th, 1903, for the purpose of electing a board of
directors for the ensuing year.
Dated February 11, 1903 President,
Doyle & Berge Attorneys at Law
NOTICE OF PARTITION 8ALE
House Roll 375, by Belden, aims to
restrict the clerk of the supreme court
to his ?1,500 salary. But the legisla
ture will not pass the bill, for the
same reason that the fusion legisla
ture of 1897 did hot cut Clerk Camp-
bells income in hone of capturing the ordered br said court to anil said lands at nnh.
Office. 1 lie sale, as upon execution, at the front door of
tne court nouse in lancoln, Lancaster County,
Nebraska, for easb. The said referees, cur-
Knn-r of Knfrii- nrania T-tartla-ir and suant no said order or said conrt. and tbeir
Meserve investigated and has Intro- teuwaSS
QUCea a resolution covering tne SUD- I omce, will on the 7th day of April, A. D. 1903, at
Notice is hereby given that the nnderaiffnAri
as referees, duly appointed by the District
Court of Lancaster Count v. - Nebraska, in an
I action pending in said court, wherein Mary J.
Canneld Taylor and Cleora Wilkinson are
plaintiffs, and Henry M. Sanford. Rebecca San
ford, Alonzo D. Wilkinson and William G. Tay
lor are defendants, to partition the lands of the
parties to said action, and on the 4th day of
March, 1908, the report of said referees to the
efiect that said real estate could not be parti
tioned witnout great prejudice to tne owners
thereof, was approved, and said referees were
ject. Attorney General Prout has the
most effective weapon to Make Bartley
talk a bill of discovery. Why doesn't
he try it?
For Sale and Exchange
No. 447 480 acres in Furnas coun
ty for merchandise.
No. 450 Stock of clothing, invoice
?7,ooo, for land.
No. 463 Hardware and groceries.
?4,000; ?1,500 cash, balance land.
No. 469 Huber threshing outfit
complete for land.
No. 477 General stock, $7,000T small
No. 484 $10,000 stock of clothing
No. 486 General merchandise. $5.-
500, for city residence, $2,000 to $3,000,
No. 492 General merchandise and
building, $5,000; small ranch, must
have $1,500 in cash.
No. 510360 acres, Harlan county.
No. 511160 acres in Harlan coun
ty, for livery. "
No. 512 Ranch equity $3,500. even
deal for merchandise.
No. 505 Omaha residence for land.
No. 513 Hardware, $3,500, for land.
No. 48110 acres suburban, fine im
provements; want 160 to 640 acres:
pay casn difference.
No. 493 General merchandise. $3.-
ouu, at sac.
vuaw v- vwu vu V4j ri aiui i&4 jure avw Kk 9
the east front door of the court hone in Lin.
coin, Lancaster County. Nebraska, at the hour
of 2 o'clock p. m. of said day, sell for cash, to
the hiebest bidder, at miblie auction, the fnl.
lowing lands, to-wit :
Lot twenty (20) in Falrbrothers' Subdivision
of part of the northeast quarter (N.E. )ot
section twenty-four (24) township ten (10) range
six 6) east of the 6th P. M., and lot four (4) in
Barley's and McFarland's Subdivision of Block
thirty-six (36) and cart of lot thirtv-five (35) in
Fairview, as described in the recorded plat
thereof. Said Fairriew being on a part of the
southeast Quarter (S. . L of section thirteen
('3)townshiDten (10)rane6 (ftlatnf thnfith P.
M ; alsJ lot seven (7) in block five (5) in Mechan
ics Addition to tne City oiLmcoln,all Lancaster
County, Nebraska; also the southeast quarter
(S. E. k) of section twenty-seven (27) in town.
ship six (6) north of range twenty-five (25) west
in Frontier County, Nebraska, containing 160
acres; also lot twelve (12) and the east one-half
(E. Wl of lot eleven (11) all in block one bun.
dred-eighty-three (183) in the City of Lincoln,
Lancaster County, Nebraska; also lot six (6) in
block two hundred fortv-three (243) in the Citv
of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska; lot
o or croc i s ssuodivision or lots tnirteen (13)
and fourteen (14) in block fifty six (56) in the.
City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
u. . ward,
Cakleton K Loomis,
Dated this 4th day of March 1903.
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