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tafc laa liaiiaaltinatiaanrl fnraanthnr year af
ter the ttawj said for baa expired, yoo ahoold
oaly aetuy aa to aiaooaiBae it.
As tsul, the Telegram and the
Biene deny the Journal's statement
ooaoernin the deficit in the Platte
county treasury which is drawing 7
per cent interest.
The Joarnal's only mistake con
sisted in understating the amount of
For tne exact information of the
toxpayert' of Platte county the editor
of the Journal visited the treasurer's
office on October 20 and obtained the
following figures from the records.
We ask anyone who doubs the cor
rectness of these figures to call upon
or write to Treasurer Becher.
Oustanding warrants drawing 7 per
General Fund $ 7,950.41
Bridge Fudd 4,690.82
Road Fund 1,982.87
CHANGE 'IN ADDBESS-Whea Ofderiae; a
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acta their old aa wall aa their aew addreee.
Charles B. Letton. . . . Supreme Judge
?:h.aSS?( .University Regents
W. L. Smith Treasurer
Ed. Lusinski Clerk
J. D. Stires County Judge
R. B. Webb Sheriff
O. H. Smith Superintendent
Dr. H.G. Morris Coroner
O.C. Shannon Surveyor
Bisu 2 F. J.Shube.
Diet. 4 A.E. Priest.
Diet. 6 & 7 Wm. J. Newman.
A "square deal" for Platte county.
The mud geyser .in the Biene office
is working over-time these days.
We would be worried at the Biene's
flim-flam, if we could only care A
W.L. Smith has enough demo
cratic support promised to land him
in the county treasurer's office.
There isn't a finer young fellow in
Nebraska than H. G. Morris, repub
lican candidate for coroner, and he
ought to be elected.
We humbly suggest that the Tele
gram change- that big black head
from "Leavy Nails a Lie" to "Leavy Is
lie nailed." and run in the letter of C.
-R. Atkinson in place of Leavy's let
ter. The Columbus Journal's persistant
vilification of good and honest men
during the present campaign has been
too utterly ridiculous to deserve the
notice of decent people. Humphrey
Is that so? Well! Well!!
Do you want a Roosevelt square
deat in Platte county, Mr. Democrat?
Then follow the example of that good
old 'democrat, Jacob Schurr of Hum
phrey and work for the republican
ticket from Letton down.
It is county patronage he (the edi
torof the Journals is after and he h
willing to resort to anything dirty to
win. Humphrey Democrat.
The Humphrey Democrat is one of
the democratic official papers of
Every friend of the "square deal"
policy should be on the move from
now on till election. Remember that
the democratic candidates have a big
advantage in drawing public money
while travelling through the country
to whip their lieutenants into line. It
is a fight to a finish between Tam
many and Roosevelt in Platte county.
instead of 110.000 as stated bj the
Journal last wek.
The Telegram and Biene assert that
this deficit is dne to the failure of the
railroads to par their taxes. The
Journal said that the deficit was anlj
partly due to that fact Which was
Treasrer Becher's books show that
the railroads owe Platte county for
1904 taxes a total of $7724 22, only
$3423.96 of which belosn to the
General Fund which showes a deficit
of about $800.
How about the deficit of nearly
$5000, whieh would remain if the
railroads had paid their taxes? A
glance over the names on the warrant
register shows the names of the Tele
gram Co. and the other democratic
papers which are drawing 25 per cent
illegally. The warrants filed by the
Telegram company since August 31
aggregate $951. 15 not to mention its
warrants for $377.50 on the "speoial
ditch fund," which it should be ex-
plained does not bear interest. 8heriff
Carrig's warrants for the aame period
aggregate $814.40, not to mention his
warrant for $172.75 on the "special
ditch fund. " Supervisors salaries are
also paid out of this f und,
If all the supervisors in Platte coun
ty had collected only legal salaries; if
Sheriff Carrig had collected only for
necoessary mil eage and had paid bac
to the county the money which he
had actually saved by riding on a
pass after keeping ont pay fr his
work for the railroads ; if the super
visors had saved the 25 per cent which
they have paid out illegally for the
county printing; if John Graf had
made the estimates for the county
supplies according to law, instead of
in favor of the Columbus Telegram if
all of thete things had been done, that
deficit would have been whittled dowu
till we could have united in charging
it all up against the railroads.
The Journal has given only facts
that can be verified by the records.
We ask taxpayers to consult the rec
ord, and to vote for a Roosevelt ad
ministration in Platte county, if the
Journal has quoted the record correctly.
Don't, foreet that the offices of
county judge, sheriff and supervisor
are the backbone of the machine in
Platte Co. and that the machine can
not be destroyed without breaking its
backbone. Stires and Webb for
judge and sheriff, and Schurr, Priest
and Blaser for supervisors must be
pushed by every friend of good gov
ernment. There is no politics in it
Oar townsman, Judge Albert wrote
an opinion which was considered so
"pat" on the subject of "graft" that
a well known journal quoted it and
oammented on it. Judge Alberts de
finition of graft should be read by
Platte county voters. The article fol
lows: In discussing a statute forbidding
contracts between a county and coun
ty officers, the court said : " The tampta
tion of public officers to vicarious gen
erosity is well known It assails them
greater force when the object of such
generosity is one of their own number,
and in a position to reciprocate or to
further or thwart the purposes of his
fellows. The object of the provision
juat quoted is to remove that tempta
tion so far as possible, and to render
innocuous that spirit of amity and
reciprocity which is apt to prevail
among public officers." Lord Ches
terfield himself could not have defined
"graft" more politely.
The Telegram says that this paper
is trying to charge the deficit in
Platte county against the offical con
duct of treasurer Becher and otter
officials. Here is the record and it
has never been published by those
democratic papers that pretend to be
supporting Treasurer Becher. Treas
rer Becher collected interest on coun
ty deposits in the banks in 1904,
$832.85. Up to date in 1005 he has
collected $773 19, a record without a
precedent in Platte county. We chal
lenge the Telegram to copv this state
ment from the Columbus Journal
giving due credit
"If the railroads would pay their
taxes Platte county would have money
to take up every outstanding warrant. "
Telgram. a slight typographical
error in this statement. Insert the
words "nearly one-half of" before the
word "every", and yoa will have it.
The Journal has no personal attack to make on Supt. L. H. Leavy or
any other democratic candidate, nor has it any reply to make to the
personal attacks made on the Journal editor by democratic editors.
Neither has it any'apologies to offer to Platte county taxpayers for per
forming its duty by publishing the facts concerning the officials who have
been entrusted with the county's business. ,
Last week by attacking the Journal's statements concerning Supt. L
H. Leavy and Ed. Lusinski, republican candidate for county clerk, the
democratic press hoped to discredit the Journal's statements with refer
ence to the other candidates.
That Journal readers may know the whole truth we offer evidence in
this issue to support every statement made in the Journal. If the Jour
nal's statements have been verified by the evidence, then the thoughtful
taxpayers of Platte county without regard Ito party, can be depended
upon to protect their pocket books. All thatlwe ask is a dispassionate
and careful reading of the' evidence. ,
The cases of Leavy and Luseinski will be taken up first as the Jour
nal's statements regarding these two candidate??, are the ouly ones that
have been denied.
AS TO LEAVY
The Columbus Journal of October 11, said in part:
"Supt. Leavy plays a smooth game with the teaciiers of Platte
county. Within the last three years he gave the' teachers a re
ception at the beginning of the institute, treating) them to ice
cream, etc, presumably at his own expence. Bit as a matter
of fact the taxpayers footed the' bill lor which LeaVy got the
credit and a great many votes the next year. He worked it in
this way. One of the institute workers was to get 850 k week.
At the close of the institute Leavy said to him in substance: "I
want to raise some money to pay for my treat to the teachers.
You sign this receipt for Si5 and I'll pay you 850." And the
deal was made.
Supt. Leavy, replying, declared the Journal's charge false, but a care
ful reading of his denial discloses the fact that he does not specifically
deny that he over paid the instructor and received back enough to pay
for the reception out of his "own private bauk account." Leavy's denial
"I brand as unqualifiedly false every charge made against me.
I paid for tlyat ice cream out of my own private bank account,
and have the cancelled check to show for it."
Here is the Journal's evidence, contained in a letter written by Prof
C. R. Atkinson of Sheridan, Wyoming, under date of August 13, 1905.
Prof. Atkinson related the same facts to Prof. Fulmer of Pawnee City,
his fellow instructor at the time: "I am willing to swear only to the
facts, which are as follows:
When the financial settlement came, I noticed that my check was
810.00 (possibly 85.00) larger than I had expected and my heart
gave a joyful thump as two other County Superintendents had given
me more than my agreement called for, saying that my work had
pleased them and that the fund was in Iiettcr shape than they had
anticipated. But Mr, Leavy explained to me that the expense of
the reception given the evening before was charged into this ac
count, saying that it was a legitimate expense and would merely
look better on the books if charged to instructions.
State of Nebraska, I aa
Platte Co. S
D. M. Newman being first'duly sworn deposes and says that the fore
going is a true and exact extract from a letter under date of August
13th, written by C. R. Atkinson, Superintendent of Schools of Sheri
dan, Wyoming, and relating to the payment to him of salary for ser
vices as Institute instructor by Superintendent L. H. Leavy.
D. M. Newman,
Sec. Rep. Com. Platte county.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of Oct,, 1905.
Justice of the Peace.
Either Mr. Leavy or Mr. Atkinson is mistaken. It i up to them and
the taxpayers of Platte county.
The Journal also said:
"Supt. Leavy is an agent of the "book trust," recommending
only the trust's books for use in the schools of Platte county.
If Supt. Leavy is not getting a "rnke off," will he explain why
he is crippling the schools of Platte county by recommending
only the trust's hooks?
"This charge Mr. Leavy did not attempt to deny specifically, denying
it only in general by saying that "every charge in the Journal is abso
lutely false." His statement that other book companies than the Amer
Book Company sell books in Platte county is not to the point. Under
Nebraska's text book law, which is one of the best in the United States,
school boards are vested with authority to buy books. As a rule they
buy the books recommended by the county superintendent, but in some
cases they are slow to change old books for new, hence Supt. Leavy
could easily find isolated examples where other companies are still
furnishing books. But it must be noted that the Journal simply charged
that Supt. Leavy "recommends" only the books of the American Book
Company. Nor does the Journal charge that Supt. Leavy gets a "rake
off." It simply asked him to explain why he recommends only the books
of one company if he is not getting a "rake off."
Here is the evidence. It is an extract from a circular letter issued
from Supt. Leavy's office under date of Nov. 21, 1903 and addressed to
"To Teachers and School Boards." A copy of the letter was handed to
us by R. P. Drake of Humphrey. Every teacher and :-chool director in
Platte county probably received a copy. The circular reads in part as
We have given these questions careful consideration, and in re
ply to many questions, have decided to recommend a list of
books, which we think will prove satisfactory.
It is not expected that radical changes will be made but as new
books are needed' tfiey may be ordered from this list.
The books ma' be ordered through local dealers, who will at
tend promptly to orders. Where not convenient, they may be
ordered direct from the publishers, The American Book
Company. Chicago, 111., who are reliable and will courteously
answer all inquiries: In case you find we can be of any service
to you, don't hesitate to write to us.
Yours for tatter books,
L. H. Lkavy,
By offering evidence that Platte county school hoards buy books of
other companies, Mr. Leavy proves simply that all the boards do not
follow his "recommendations."
Lest the Journal may do the American Book Company or Mr. Leavy
an injustice, it should be said that the American Book Company has
many good books and that the list recommended by Mr. Leavy is a good
list. It is just as safe to tie up to the American Book Company alone as
to Ginn & Co., or D. C. Heath & Co., alone.
Mr. Leavy's letter over his own signature proves his agency for the
American Book Company. The letter of C. R. Atkinson, if he spoke the
truth, proves that the taxpayers of Platte county paid for L. H. Leavy's
reception to his teachers for which he claimed the credit.
AS TO LUSIENSKI.
It is not unusual to see a slight mistake in a biography and the Jour
nal was getting ready to correct any mistatement it might have made
about Ed. Lusienski, republican candidate for county clerk and to "ive
proper acknowledgement to the democratic committee for pointing out
the error, when we received the following from Ed. Lusienski: "The
Journal was correct in stating that I spent two years in the sister's school
in Omaha. The democratic committee was correct in saying that I had
worked in the packing house at Omaha for a while.' And the Journal
was correct in saying that I was engaged in the mercantile business in
Platte Center for about four years, although not all of the time in the
employ of Ripp & Co. . Ed. Lusienski.
The following testimonials will also be interesting as throwing a little
more light on "Journal veracity" which seems to worry the democratic
editor of the subsidized department of tne Argus:
Platte Center, Neb., Oct. 21, 1905.
To Whom It May Concern: ,
This is to certify that I have known Mr. E. F. Luaien-ki from
childhood and that he worked for Bruckner & Greieen hb an ap
prentice and later for the firm of H. M. Ripp & Co. as a regular em
ploye for about two years, during which time he crave splendid sat
isfaction. He then resumed his position with that firm to accept
one with K. A. Kehoe. Mr. Lusienski is a conscientious, capable
young man and a splendid book-keeper and one that would be a
credit to any firm. Hiloer Gbeises.
Platte Cekter, Neb., Oct. 21, 1905.
To Whom It May Concern:
This is to certify that we have known Mr. E. F. Lusienski for a
number of years, during which time he has conducted himself in a
gentlemanly manner and during the time he was in our employ, he
gave good satisfaction and did his work in a business like manner.
We have a place for Mr. Lusienski as an employe, should he at any
time apply. K. A. Kbhoe,
Per W. M. Cobhisok, Manager.
With this evidence on Leavy and Ltfcfcjjlftki before the taxpayers of
Platte county, we are willing to rest our case on the question of "venuity.''
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