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OCTOBER 8, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
Xh? Single, Tax
Cincinnati. Octilif '.'Candidate Her
rick's Lecturft;Hwth? -Single Tax."
This was the subject , an t idress de
livered by Mr. Herbert s. Bigelow in
hie pulpit at the Vine Street Congre
gational cWrcb,,.. .
Text: -Let there: be light" Gen.l:3.
Mr. Bigelow .said in part:
Is the story of '.Genesis the literal,
truth? We have mere important busi
ness than to quarrel over that ques
tion. We are engaged in building upon
the earth-a human society which shall
make possible the perfect development
of all the latent powers of the race.
Our work is to create a. world where
all men shall grow into the widest
possible freedom, where all shall he
clothed with the light of reason,- and
bew in glad submission to Love's roy
al law, and bow to that alone.
Such a state of society is what Jesus
called the kingdom of God upon earth.
Salvation I hold to be that condition
of-mind and heart which fills a man
with hope and energy to work for the
establishment of this coming society
of the sons of God.
But how shrill .we work? Let us
find the answer !n the .mguage of our
text. -There 1s the hint of a profound
truth in this Genesis story. In con
tains some goou philosophy if it is
tot good history. For we are told
that the first condition of the world
was that of utter darkness. We are
told that the first command of the Cre
ator was: "Let there be light." We
cannot go . back . ,of . these luminous
words. Whatever imperfections exist
fa the world are due to mental dark
ness. If order is to come out of chaos,
if ugliness is to give way. to beauty,
if freedom is to tai: e t je place, of slav
ery, if there is tc be progress, it must
b by letting th: light in on the dark
problems. Let tnere be light Let the
truth be known. --Bring every proposal
for the improvement of society out
into the broad day. Let us welcome
the clash of opinions. . There is no
health in stagnant water. Let the bat
tle of bayonets cease that the battl"
of ideas may proceed. This is our
only safety. " - '
The republican candidate for gov
ernor, Mr. Herrick, is trying to keep
people from voting for his opponent by
telling them that the single tax, whicn
Mr. Johnson is known to favor, has
been a disastrous -failure wnerever it
has been tried. -'Lvery man who is
informed as to the - single tax move
ment knows , this la. mot true. . But
those' who- ere most solicitous for' the
advance ot this : movement, may look
with serenity upon such statements.
Even though they ,are false, they serve
to force this question .into the arena
o ' public debate. Out of this debate
will come the truth. .Even the ene
mies of truth are pressed into her ser
vice, and those who seek to defame'
her, do but publish her. virtues.
, A iter Mr. Herrick's remarks thou
sands of people will be asking for' the
fust time in their lives, "What is the
single tax and where has it been
tried?". To ask 'that question is to
tbrow open their minds to the light
The first city in the world to sdnr?t
Henry George's plan was Palmcrston
North, a little city in the north of New
Zealand. In 1897, this city i ecided by
a vote of 262 to 12 to raise their local
revenue by assessing the land. values
alone, and exemping all buildings and
personal property. "
If, as Mr. Herrick says, this plan
had proven a failure, do you not think
the people of Palmerston woull have
heard of it? They have had it now
for six years. Wh have they not re
pealed it? After It had been working
for three years, the taxing district im
mediately adjoining - Palmerston
adopted the plan by a vote of 105 to 1Q
Do you not think i these next door
neighbors had a -etter chance than Mr.
Herrick to judgs of the merits of the
Wellington Is' the capital of New
Zealand and has a population of 50,
0C0. On the 14th cf November. 1901,
a vote oM,26t to 591, this city
fronted the single tax plan of raisirg
loonl revenues. In his annual report
of last year the city clerk, of Welling-
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SALE OF $6 SUITS
Bought from Meyer and Goesling of at Louis. This is a chance that seldom comes to us to offer new
shirt waist suits at such a low price. This firm is going to discontinue the manufacture of suits and here
after make skirts only. These suits were all they had lett. We got them at our own figure. . .
There are 15 styles in the lot and all sizes from 32 to 40.' They are ntutly tailored mnde from heavy
suiting material many different colors if gold in the regular way the prices would be 110, f-12 and OP fift
9 15 your choice at ... .... OUiUU
Tailored suits for $16.50 Another unusual value in Women's suits. Our New York buyer sent u- last
week 75 suits that he secured at a fortunate figure suits made from just Fuch cloth as our regular '25 suits
are made from there are grey, blue, brown, green, and black Zibeline mixtures long e atxand b!oue front
jacket and skirt button trimmed to match jacket has leather belt skirts are plaited at bottom the uits
were first placed on sale last Saturday and were much admired $ 6 50
We Give Green Trading Stamps
.on said of this sirgte tax measure: .
"That which was claimed by its ex
ponents has been amply fulfilled; it
encourages improvements, stimulates
the use of land, secures tne unearned
increment to those who have added tlw
value " etc.
Again he says: "It is only stating a
fact to say that much, if not all, of
ihe activity in the building operations
of the city and surroundings during
the past j ear, is due to the influence of
this healthy measure."
The city clerk of Wellington does
not profess to be a single tax man. He
was. not making a. campaign speech.
He was writing an official report and
this is , what he says. Which' testi
mony, do you , think . pf greater value,
theofficial report o' the fcity clerk of
Wellington, or the stump speeches of
the candidate tc governor in Ohio?
Which man is lifcely to be best in
formed?. Which is likeliest to' be dis
interested in his testimony?
Not only does New Zealand permit
its cities by a vote of their citizens to
adopt the single tax plan of raising
local revenues, but In 1891, a law waa
passed, for the purpose of raising a
portion of the state revenue in that
way. . They have thus had twelve
years experience with that law. Af
te. nine years experience with it, this
the testimony of Hon. George
Fc.wlds, member of parliament, Auck
land. New Zealaui: .
"The fiercedenunciations of the sys
tem and the innumerable predictions
of disaster if it were adopted, with
which the colony fairly rang when, in
1891, the 'government proceeded to ap
ply it, have been proven to not have
the slightest foundation. ... It is now
beyond all question that no political
party can possibly hope to repeal the
land tax, but a le-je section of the
community look confidently forward to
a more extensive application of the
system." What if! Mr. Herrick's flip
pant -assertion in comparison with
But if this is not sufficient, let us
put the premier of New Zealand on
the witness stand. This is what the
Hon. R. J. Seddon said in 1903, while.
a the head of the New Zealand gov
ernment: "In reply to your first question,
'Has the land tax, as imposed in New
Ztaland, been a fiscal success?' the an
swer is in the affirmative, i rid this Is
further demonstrated ty the fact that
during the last general election, those,
who in former years opposed this pol
icy . have gone tne length of saying
that they would not disturb' it . . .
Popular opinion is very strong in its
favor, so strong that repeal is out of
The fact is, that since these meas
ures were first adopted in New Zea
land, in 1891, there has been no repeal
cf them. On the contrary, there has
been a gradual extension of their ap-
Ilcaiion. And the party that has stood
sponsor for these laws, has never suf
fered a reverse at the polls.
So successful have these measures
been that the sentiment in their favor
is at the present time, the most signif
icant factor in the political life of En
gland.' The city council of London has
repeatedly petitioned parliament for
tfce privilege to raise taxes in the great
metropolis by this very plan which Mr.
Lincoln has long been known as the educational center of ihe west
Its educational facilities kave brought to the city t-cores of families who
had children to school, and who have found Lincoln all that could be de
sired as a residence city.
A representative of the Star was a visitor this week at the Modern
Commercial School and was delighted with what be saw there. Every
body wan busy. The rooms were large, airy, light and clean. AH the fur
niture was n-w and up-to-date. ," '
The glass partitions between rooms gave them especially pleasant ap
pearance. They are lighted by electricity, the heat is furnished by the
city, and the equipment is complete and up to date Id every particular.
Mr. J. L. Stephens, the president of the school, has had years of experi
ence in the business and is recognized as one of h most successful in
ftructorsand educators in the west He is purported by a force of ex
perienced teachers, and they make a specially of private instruction for
the students which is of inestimable value to them.
The Modern Commercial School holds , night sessions on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday evenings, which enables many young men and
women who have to work during the day to take the courbo of instruction :
and thus equip themselves for eamiDg larger salaries.
We feel that too much cannot be paid in pris of this school. The
eanitary condition of the building and the rooms, the perfect heating, light
ing and equipment, the force of experienced teachers, and the individual
instruction given each student, make it an ideal place for a young man or
woman to secure a business education.
Ixneola Daily Star.
- TO THE-
Sept llth to llav. 30tli.
Helena, Butte, Salt Lake
and Ogden, $20.00.
Spokane and Ellensburg,
.$22.50. ' :
Nearly all California, Wash
ington and Oregon points $25.
City Ticket Ctlici
Cor. lClh and O Streets
Telephone No. 235.
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Tel. Burlington 1290
Herrick declares a failure. A few
months ago, parliament came within 13
votes of grantinj the privilege. To
day, the liberal party, which is now on
the eve of a return to power, stands
committed to this principle of taxa
tion. Thus the mighty movements of hu
manity grow apace, and every blow
that is directed against them, opens
new minds to the light and becomes an
unwilling agency in the dawning
The railroads want a sure h3nd.
They have already three of a kind
Mickey, Weston and Prout They want
to make it four of a kind and have it
Mickey, Weston, Prout and Barnes.
They think nothing less than four of
a kind will do them because they are
NOTICE OF INDEBTEDNESS
Jn compliance with the compiled statutes of
tlitt Kiate of NehraKkti, for 195, and especially in
compliance with sec lion 136 of chtipter 16, en
titled "conoration8," we, the president end a
innjority of the Ixwrd ot directors hereby rjve
public notice that all the existing debts of The
Woodiutf Collins Printing' Co. amount to the
sum of Nine thoviwind, One Hundred and Ten
and 87-100 (f,l 0.B7) dollars.
L. V. WOODRUFF, President,
E. LEWIS BAKER, Vice-Pres-Seey.
Lincoln, Nebraska, Oct. 1, 1903. Directors.
Plumbing and Heating
J. c. COX
1J3 North i4th Strttt. Unco'n.Neb.
If the occupation of the Philippines
as the "logical result" of the Spanish
war, then logical results do not seem
to have any money, common sense or
liberty In them.
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