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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT:;
jury Is tru"ealso with reference to a.
court. Casta like the present are very
likely lo arise, no doubt, when there is
a Jury, and the publication may af
fect their judgment. Judges, gener
ally, perhaps' are less apprehensive
that- publication impugning their own
reasoning .or . motives, will interfere
with their administration of the law.
But if a court regards, as it may, a
publication concerning a matter of
law pending before it as tending to
ward such an " interference, it may
punish it as in the instance put.;
When ' a case" is finished, courts - are
subject -to -the same-criticism as other
people, but the propriety and necessity
of preventing interference with the
courts of justice by premature state
ment,. argument or. intimidation hardly
can be denied. - . . . .
In the complications""ofthe Patterson
case the real significance of this dec
laration by Justice Holmes has been
overlooked. Instead of feeling blue
over a threatened, assault uj'i the
"freedom of the press", the editors
may console themselves with the
thought that they are free to criticise
any court in the land to their heart's
content, so long as they do- not dis
turb the judges when they- ar. think
MAKING A COSSTITUTIOX.
-.Th constitutional convention of
Oklahoma reassembles for the purpose
of passing finally upon the document
that has been submitted during the
recess to a committee for editing and
revision. If the work is found satis
factory and no new propositions are
successfully submitted by , delegates,
the constitution will be signed and
submitted to a popular vote on August
C. As it stands it is the longest con
stitution in the country, and for that
reason the convention may decide not
to give it any further bulk. It con
tains about 100,000 words, against
6,000 in the constitution of the United
States. The extra length is caused, of
course, by the introduction of a large
amount of matter that in other states
is inserted in the statutes.
- A curious experience of this conven
tion, is that it has been enjoined
by the Oklahoma supreme court, ana
must do a part of its work over again
or. disobey the injunction. Inasmuch
as the convention comes directly irom
the people, and its work must be
submitted to the voters of the entire
state for their approval, the members
are inclined to believe that this reach
ing out of the temporary government
of the territory to influence the organic
law nf the new state is somewhat out
of place and that the order of the
court can be evaded with impunity.
CHKKR THE GOOD PI. AY.
General Lee drew himself up in his
saddle and closed his field glasses at
Ihe battle of Gettysburg as he watched
the broken fragments- of ...Pickett s;
division break into shapeless rout be
fore the stone wall on Cemetery ilill,
with this exclamation: "Well, gentle
men, we cannot always win victories."
The commander .of the university of
Nebraska debating st?uads might find
consolation in General Lee's philosophy
this spring. After an unbroken series
of victories, hard fought and closely
won, it seems their turn to take de
feat. They ought to do it. with a smil
ing face but more firmly fortified
hearts. IiT all the imitation battles of
the" present day whose object is the
nerving of mind and muscle for the
real conflicts of life the true principle
is that the prize is not presented to
the winner of first place but to all
who participate. There is a special
stimulus to the praise which goes with
highest honors, but the real victory is
the social victory which all enjoy.
There is a need of deeper philosophy
of defeat in life, A few years ago the
university of Nebraska football team
was winning every game. Its enthusi
asts were heart broken and comfort
less when it began to lose. And yet
whatever of discipline and desirability
there is in football has survived the
defeats of the unfortunate seasons.
If the game is well and honestly
p!ny-il and disciplined for, it has done
Its duty. If the debating squads and
football teams of one university should
win every contest how much of Inter
fc.isj.iw .won ipmsv isoi aq pmow H
from watching the pennant fluctuate,
These observations have an applica
tion to the opening of the baseball -season
in L,in;uln. Every loyal Lincoln
fan fondly hones that the team may
win first place. But, after all. It is not
necessary that Lincoln should win all
the time in order to enjoy the game
and support it with enthusiasm. The
tail ender in the baseball circuit is just
as essential to the sport as the pen
nant winner. And if the tail ender last
year should win this year can we not
all rejoice? So, stand up for the. home
team, but cheer the visitors when they
make a good play.
When railroad managers weep over
the ruin that is bound to follow the
regulation of their business by the pub
lic, the people will be excused if they
look ovt past records and laugh be
hind their palms over the things they
rind. For example, when Jay Gould,
the Harriman of the railroad world of
the last generation, visited Lincoln
twenty years ago today, he wns asked
concerning the state of the transporta
tion business generally. His answer is
from the columns of The Journal of
"The railroad business is good," was
the answer, "but the inter-state com
merce law will have a bad effect. It
will greatly injure the business of the
"Do you think it will have a tendency
to discourage railroad building?"
"I most certainly do."
The rest of the year 18S7 saw more
railroad building than the country had
ever experienced in a similar period.
The activity was continued until it was
checked automatically by the excessive
building of new lines in unproductive
TO SECURE DOLLAR WHEAT
OMAHA, Neb., April ;
J. A. Everitt, president of the American
Society of Equity, is in the city and
has arranged for a convention of the
grain growers' department to meet for
the organization in this city June 5, 6,
7. "The delegates will come principally
from Ihe states of Minnesota, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska. Kan
sas and Oklahoma. A cordial invita
tion from the Commercial club has
The American Society of Equity is a
business organization of farmers with
local societies in 2,700 of the 3,000 agri
cultural counties in the United States.
Its purpose is to carry on its organiza
tion work through local societies, or
ganized into state unions; but its busi
ness side will be strongly developed
along the lines of departments cover
ing various farm products.
Such departments already organized
are those of fruit and produce and of
" Now the grain growers' department
is to be the third started under way.
Tho purpose is to establish a central
bureau to gather and disseminate In
formation concerning supply and de
mand to the farmers; to fix a minimum
of prices below which the farmers
aj?ree not to sell, and to handle ana
Her Telegram. '
. Tit Bits: An excited young woman
hurried into a telegraph office in the
north of London recently, and said that
she desired to send a telegram to her
"Very well," replied the clerk in at
tendance; "there are some forms."
"Oh, I know that," she replied, and
then she wrote: "Dear George: I've
something too dreadful to tell you, but
please don't get excited, dear, for it
can't be helped now, and baby and I
are perfectly safe. I don't know, and
cook says she don't know, and none of
us can account for it, but the house
caught Are last night and burnt to the
ground. Just think of It! Did you
ever hear of anything so dreadful in
your life? I am half wild over it. But
please keep calm, dear. Baby and I
are safe, and most of the things are
saved, and you mustn't think of any
thing but how niuh worse It might
have been. What If baby had been
SHINN'S COPPER CABLE
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atbla to buy. Tbomanda of building hat t"n pro
toctml with our avatam of Cal, each, on of which
land a proof of tfcetr baolut iprotnrtloa.
Thrt wWtora Fire Irauranca Co., of Lincoln, aaJ La
National Mutual lira Inauranoa Co.. of Oaa&a. two
ladtnj( toauranca companion, ara making a liberal
d'.acount oa iDnuranee, wnera our caWa ta dead.
THIS 15 EVIDENCE TO YOU OP TMH VALID
OP OUR WORK. ,
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FACTORY 322 S. 11TH ST.. LINCOLN. NCt.
territory. That means that the inter
state commerce act of 1887 that was
abrut to "rain the railroads" in fact
did not put a straw in the way of legit
mate railroad development. The cry
that is raised now. will lcok quite as
silly in twenty years as Ja,y Gould1! de
nunciation of the law twenty years ago.
ME II IT IS THE POSTOFF1CK.
President Roosevelt could win in his
fight . to take the postotiices out of
politics if he were not engaged in
bigger work just now that makes it
necessary for him to continue on
amicable terms with congress. While
his order to reappoint all postmasters
w ho have made a clean record is
eternally right, and will be the law
some day, t is now being modified to
meet the exigencies of politics. The
members of congress have so long
looked upon these places as theirs by
right that they will not give way to
the n.jw order without making a nasty
disturbance. Having all the, trouble
on his hands that the most strenuous
man in the world could manage at
once, the president naturally gives the
matter a subsidiary place on his list
of reforms for the present.
The change in fact is one that
ought to come '.up. from the peo
ple and not . down from the . of
fice of the chief executive. Do the
people want their . postmasters re
tained on merit alone, or do they want
them changed without regard to cfflei
ciency every time a new congressman
is elected in the district and every
time a new administration Is installed
in Washington ? ... .If we' are to have
the postoitice "department reaen the
full limit of its effectiveness, it is time
to think of these things.
divert the grain from the source of
supply to the points of demand as
needed, not causing a glut of tho mar
ket at any one point at any time. Mr.
Everitt says: "
"This means that the farmers this
year will fix the minimum price of
wheat in the six great wheat produc
ing states at $1 per bushel. They may
sell above this price, but not below,
according to their agreement with the
American Society of Equity. The far
mers -of Minnesota .are keenly Inter
ested; in North Dakota, they are en
terprising, and at the meeting of the
state union they were invited by the
state bankers' association to appoint a
committee to confer with a similar
committee of bankers to arrange for
carrying along the poor farmers who
would otherwi.se be forced to sell be
low the minimum.
"In South Dakota, they are less en
terprising as yet; in Nebraska, the
work has grown wonderfully, being es
pecially strong in the central part of
the state; 'in Kansas, the farmers are
thoroughly alive to the situation; and
in Oklahoma, there is need of more
Mr. Everitt leav:s this evening vo
confer with O. B. Shafer, president of
trw Nebraska union, at Hastings.
burned! Oh, George, don't it make
you shudder to think of it?. But the
dear little darling is perfectly safe, and
of course we went right straight to
mamma's, and you can't think how
frightened she was until she knew we
were safe. And I know how shocked
you'll be, you poor, dear boy; but as
baby and I are safe, you oughtn't to
mind anything else. I can't imagine
how the fire started. Can you? Do
you suppose someone set the house on
fire? Oh. it's too dreadful to think of.
Come immediately home. Mamie.
"P. S. Remember that baby and I
are safe. M."
"There," nhe Said, an she handed the
seven telegraph forms sh h.d filled
to the clerk. "I suppose it might be
condensed a little."
"Yes. I think It might," he replied, as
he took a fresh form and wrote:
"Our house burned to the ground
last night. All safe. Co mo home.
J ft' -
TU't. . tl.ft 'turn"
' " Wj
- Hungry Hank Dey say de earth :
Fatigued Fran k Dat a untruth, .
cause if it does l never got my
CONDENSED TELEGRAMS. J
Two severe earthquake shocks were felt
The nattier Kansas was placed In
A now cabinet has b en formed In
Regis H. Post was inaugurated gov
ernor of Porto Rico.
The Ancient Order of United Workmen
waa ousted from Ohio.
A snowstorm In Colorado reachod the
proportions of a blizzard.
Socretary Taft find his party sailed for
home from San Juan, P. I.
Snow fell Thursday In Nebraska,
Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
Suspnnded students of Drury college
apologized and were reinstated.
Governor Warner of Michigan signed
the 2-cent fare bill, which becomes ef
fective In-September.. "
The United States Steel corporation
has fixed-the selling price of rails for
the season of 1908 at $28 per ton.
The proposed Issue of about twenty
six million dollars of new. stock of the
Now Haven Railroad company will ba
Alvey A, Adee, assistant secretary of
the state department, was a passenger
on the steamer La Svoie which Balled
A strike for 15 per , cpntJncreae.Jn
wages has practically been declared by
the machinists-of- the -Grand Trunk raiU
way in Canada.
Directors of the Amalgamated Copper
company declared a quartely dividend of
1 1-2 per cent and an extra dividend
of one-half of 1 per cent.
Count von Schworin, former councillor
of the German embassy at Vienna, haa
been appointed German minister to the
republics of Central America.
Crowds of striking waiters paraded
the boulevards of Paris endeavoring to
call out non-union waiters. They did
nnt mppt with mup.li ' success.-
Brigadier General Alfred C. Markiey,
recently promoted from colonel of the
Thirteenth Infantrv. was d laced on the
retired list of the army on account of age.
- Directors of the Boston and Montana
Consolidated Copper and Silver Mining
company declared a quarterly dividend
of J2 per share and an extra dividend of
$10 per share.
Miss Kthel Geraldine Rockefeller,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rocke
feller, and Marcelus Hartley Dodge were
married at the home of the bride's par
ents in New York.
The Chemung Copper company fih;d
articles of Incorporation with the secre
tary of state of Minnesota. The capital
stock is 3,(K.O,0C. The company will have
its head offices at Duluth.
State Entomologist Smith has received
reports from the peach-growing districts
of Georgia, a summary of which shows
that at leat 75 per . cent of the crop haa
been killed by the recent cold weather.
A FITTING PLACE.
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