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It's a mule race between congress
and the Nebraska legislature.
King, of Polk county, appears to be
the Bansom on the republican side of
the state senate.
Continued spring weather will give
the ice barons an excuse to boost
prices next summer.
The attention of the legislature is
called to the fact that there are other
places in the state outside of Omaha
To commemorate the 100th anni
versary of the birth of Abraham Lin
coln, the government will issue 100,
000,000 new 2-cent postage stamps.
There was nothing said about "pie"
in the democratic platform. But that
appears to have been the issue thus far
in the legislative proceedings at
A Lincoln man has succeeded in
engraving the Lord's Prayer on a pin
head. The name of the member is
not given, but there are several heads
of that kind in the present body of
law makers in session at the Capital
"Little Giant" Thompson, of Grand
Island, is always willin'. He was a
receptive candidate at the time Shel
don named the four new members of
the supreme court, and now he is will
ing to accept an appointment from
Mr. Bryan, the regents, and the
citizens of Lincoln are all in favor of
adding a "chair of citizenship" to the
university. Any kind of a scheme to
grab money out of the state treasury
goes with Bryan and the people of
If all the schemes to take money
from the state treasury are enacted
into laws, it would bankrupt the state.
With a level headed man in the guber
natorial chair to use the veto power
the wild steers of the house and senate
cannot hope to push all their schemes
to a successful issue.
The agricultural bill, as reported to
the house, contains an appropriation
of $10,000 to conduct experiments
which the department is making to
perfect a process for making paper out
of cornstalks. If the experiments
prove successful it would mean much
to the corn-producing states.
John Quinten, a Los Angeles poli
tician had an operation performed on
his brain to make him honest. The
operation was successful. The sur
geon who operated on Quinten should
be hired at state expense to visit Lin
coln and demonstrate his skill on some
of the members of the legislature.
. If the mayor and council of Colum
bus offered the same inducements for
marriage recently granted by the
municipal council of Nantes, France,
there' would not be an old bachelor in
the city. When a Nantes couple
marry they receive $20 down and $10
a month for each child until the latter
is 14 years old.
The "reform" legislature sent a jun
keting party of eighteen members to
"inspect" the Norfolk hospital for
t insane. The little excursion cost the
state about $250. There isn't any
difference between a democrat and
republican when it comes to gadding
about over the state spending the peo
ple's money foolishly.
Mr. Bryan opposes the acceptance
, of Mr. Carnegie's pension fund. As
Mr. Bryan will not become a benefi-
-fciary from Mr. Carnegie's liberality he
is aot in a position to raise a personal
objection. People to whom Mr. Car-
aegie oilers his money have as moral
ad legal right to accept it as Mr.
' Bryaadid the money given to him by
The democratic press should not
become discouraged. There is yet
time for Governor Shallenberger and
the legislature to redeem the pledges
made ' in the democratic platform.
Two years ago a republican legislature
were almost as slow as the present
body of state lawmakers in redeeming
promises, but they finally made good.
The mistake the democrats in the
present legislature made was in allow
ing Ransom and a few other bitter
partisans to open the question as to
the legality of the law under which
the Sheldon appointees hold their
places on the supreme bench of the
state. The fact that Judge Sullivtfn,
said to be the ablest lawyer in the
state, refused to become a party to a
partisan struggle for a place on the
bench, should have been sufficient
evidence of the weakness of Ransom's
contention. But when it came to a
point where the democratic members
were asked to decide between the sen
ator from Douglas county and Judge
Sullivan, they blindly followed the
former and brought upon themselves
the ridicule and censure of a very
large majority of the people. The
voters of the state, regardless of party,
seriously object to having the highest
court in the state made a football for
politicians to kick around. The action
of the legislature tends to destroy the
respect which the public should have
for the supreme court and change that
body from a judicial tribunal to a
partisan tribunal. While it is gener
ally conceded that Sheldon made an
unpardonable error in the appoint
ment of Rose and an unfair division of
the political complexion of his appoint
ments, the legislature has made a
mistake equally as unpardonable in
the action it has taken in the matter.
The onlv excuse offered is that the
rights of the legislature have been
usurped by the canvassing board.
But this contention is only a pretext
for the action of the democratic mem
bers -a very lame excuse to coyrer up
partisan hate and furnish good paying
places for two members of the bread
and butter brigade of lawyers lined up
and clamoring for political lightning
to strike them in the form of an ap
pointment from the executive office.
Whichever way the contest terminates,
the action taken by the legislature
will not strengthen the democratic
party of the state. Partisan greed, at
the expense of dignity and the public
good, is not creditable to any party.
i When laboring men ask for an in
crease in wages they are usually told
that they are receiving all that the
corporation they work for can afford
to pay. When office holders ask for
an increase in salary, congress and
legislatures hasten to comply with the
demand. At present there seems to
be a united effort on the part of law
yers to secure an increase in salaries
where gentlemen of the legal profession
are the beneficiaries. At the election
last fall the people of Nebraska went
on record as favoring theamendment
to the constitution providing for four
additional supreme court judges. That
decision rendered at the polls carried
with it increased pay for the members
of the court above mentioned. The
district judges interpreted the verdict
of the people to mean that they also
favored additional salary for district
judges, and with that thought in mind
the lawyers in the legislature, who
hope some day to reach the district
bench, are agitating the question of
increasing the salary paid to district
judges, and in addition to this want
the people taxed to pay the hotel bills
and traveling expenses of the judges.
Two-thirds of the judges now on the
district bench are receiving more for
the work they do than they ever earn
ed practicing at the bar. The fact of
the matter is there are already too
many judges for the work there is to
perform, and it would be in harmony
with the desire of the people to reduce
the number, and give those who re
main an opportunity to earn their
Half a century or more ago when
Preston Brooks, representative in con
gress from South Carolina, sneaked up
behind Charles Sumner and beat him
into insensibility with a club, while
friends of the coward stood .by with
pistols to prevent interference, the act
was applauded throughout Brooks'
state as a brave and daring deed.
Brooks, in order to secure vindication,
resigned his seat, and asked for a vote
of confidence from his district, and
was triumphantly re-elected. The
vote of confidence by the legislature of
South Carolina extended to .Senator
Tillman after his attack on President
Roosevelt, is in harmony with the sen
timent South Carolina exhibited after
the murderous assault upon Sumner.
In big head lines an Omaha paper
announces that Mr. Bryan will go
"after Burkett's scalp." As a politi
cal scalp hunter Mr. Bryan has proved
a decided failure, and there is no
reason to expect that he will be any
more successful in securing Burkett's
"top knot" than he was in scalping
McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft
Twepty-one state legislatures now
have tinder consideration bills for the
taxation1 of church property. The
only church organization that favors a
measure of this kind is the Methodist.
No good reason has been advanced
why church property should be ex
empt from taxation. Trinity church,
New York, the richest church organi
zation in the country, owns property
valued at many millions of dollars
which escapes taxation for the reason
that "it belongs to the ' church,'.'
although only a small part of the
church holdings are used for religious
purposes. Buildings owned by the
church are leased, some of them, it is
alleged, for saloon purposes. Other
church denominations own property
held for speculative purposes which
escapes taxation. Let the cloud
reaching spire costly edifice over which
it is built be taxed in proportion to
the humble cottage of theworkingman.
County Assessor Edwards of Hall
county makes a suggestion that is
packed with possibilities. He would
have the legislature provide that the
assessor shall publish the citizens' tax
returns in the local papers. The
method of publishing, whether in a
cheap pamphlet or in a newspaper
might be a question to differ over, but
some sort of publication could hardly
fail to be profitable to the public
treasury. One of man's strongest
passions is to display his wealth. This
penchant for "conspicuous waste" is
variously manifested, in expensive
clothing, palatial houses, red automo
biles, extravagant dinners and the
like. Poor as well as rich have this
failing and display it in such man
ner as circumstances permit. A pub
lic tax list would offer new and needed
facilities for this display, with the
special advantage that the public
treasury instead of some vanity fair
would reap the profit. The essence of
wise statesmanship is to turn the water
of human weakness through the wheel
of state, and this seems to fill the bill.
SAME OLD SCREAM.
There is another Reform paper;
send in your subscription. It is La
Follette's Weekly, published at Madi
son, Wisconsin, at one dollar per.
We have just looked over a copy.
It's the same old scream.
How tired most people are'becoming
of this Reform screaming, for the
reason that the people are not entitled
to many of the changes demanded. It
is easy to demand that the railroads
carry passengers at a cent a mile, but
how about the rights of those who own
stock in the railroads? Haven't they
the same right to a fair return on their
investments that you have to a fair
return on your investments? A man
who demands rights for himself he is
not willing to grant others, is not
When we think of reform screaming,
we think of the Oklahoma woman who
visited the Kansas penitentiary, where
Oklahoma prisoners were kept on con
tract. This woman claimed that an
Oklahoma prisoner had been given the
"water treatment" until he died in
great agony. She gave his name.
Investigation of the records showed
that no such prisoner had ever been in
the-penitentiary; nothing had ever
occurred at the institution to warrant
such a charge. The Oklahoma woman
was urged to present her testimony.
"Our poor boys are being murdered"
she screamed to the investigating com
mittee, "but you men laugh at me
when I demand justice. I will meet
you at heaven's gate with my tes
timony!" "But we would like it now," said
one of the Mean Men (F. D. Coburn
was the Mean Man, and there is not a
better man alive.)
But this foolish woman continued
to froth at the mouth about "our poor
boys." So the Kansas authorities de
manded that Oklahoma take its "poor
boys," and clear out with them. And
now the "poor boys" of Oklahoma are
being herded in tents and county jails
in their own state, and we'll bet they
miss the steam heat to which they
have been accustomed.
What came of the investigation of
this screaming reformer? Nothing,
except a big bill of costs for the bur
dened taxpayers to settle.
Reform, real reform, like poetry, is
popular, and as a result there is a dis
gusting flood of imitation. Exchange.
TOO SMART FOR THEM.
The gentlemen in congress will be
finding out pretty soon that Mr. Roose
velt is too smart for them. While the
members of one branch of congress are
voting, like a lot of solemn chumps, to
pay no attention to the president's
message, thereby calling a special
attention to it more than they could
have done any other way, Mr. Roose
velt knocks the props from another
senatorial pillar of honesty, the honor
able Tillman of South Carolina.
Tillman has'nt exactly been caught
stealing anything merely doing some
thing that he was sufficiently ashamed
of to deny it, and then get caught.
Compared, to the real apostles of cor
ruption in congress, Tillman is an
honest man, even if he is a loud and
vulgar brute. But for several years
he has been doing not much of any
thing but rave and rant about how
mean Roosevelt is and how good he is,
and how they shoot the niggers in
South Carolina. A man who puts in
all his time calling other people names
ought to be careful what he does him
self. Moreover, just on general prin
ciples, any man like Tillman, who is
noisy and vulgar and seems to be
always trying to convince people that
he is not a gentleman, and especially
any man who makes - false charges
against other men, will stand watching
himself. Men are honest becauselhey
have some opinion of themselves and
some regard for the rights of others.
For the same reason men are courteous
and gentlemanly. The wild and wooly
statesman who likes to shock people,
and who is so honest that it hurts him
and he can't keep from telling about
it, is a soft of contradiction in terms.
It is a safe bet that- while congress,
is accusing the president of everything
it can think of and much more than
it can prove, the president has not told
10 per cent of what he knows and
could abundantly prove about the
members of congress. They call him
reckless and malicious, but they know
themselves that he is the one who has
been charitable and has only fought
back in self-defense.
Incidentally, three Nebraska mem
bers of the house, Messrs. Kinkaid,
Norris and Pollard, are to be com
mended for being square enough and
having enough sense of the ridiculous
to refuse to vote with the majority of
representatives in 'their solemn com
edy of "laying the president's message
on the table." Scotts Bluff Star.
Republican Campaign Expenses.
Receipts, $415. Expenditures, $384.
93. This is the summary of the state
ment of the receipts and expenses of the
Republican County Central committee,
which was handed to The Journal for
publication by Treasurer fl. A. Clarke
of the committee. The following is the
Stamps $ 38 00
Expense setting copies of poll books 18 45
Account five public meetings 62 20
Anto and livery, workers and getting oat
the vote 112 00
Stationery and printing 74 00
Sicnsand banners 34 -Si
Advertising 29 83
Telephone and Telegraph 13 40
Distributing bills i 00
Cards and express 3 30
Indebtedness Taft Clan 2 51
Cahon hand 30 07
Total $415 00
As will be seen by the above, the com
mittee used $38.00 worth of stamps dur
ing the campaign, getting copies of the
pol 1 books comes in for $18.35. The pub
lic meetings cost $62 20, the ones here
amounting to 832 50, with $9.00 for
Platte Center, $6 85 for Lindsay, $1 25
for Monroe, Tarnov, $5 90, and $12 70
for the various school house meetings
Auto hire, livery, getting out the vote
and hireing workers the committee paid
$112.00. About $56 of this was spent
prior to election taking local speakers to
the meetings in autos or rigs, and $40
more for getting out the vote and work
ers in Columbus on election day. For
stationery and printing the bills amount
ed to $74 10, of which $28.00 was paid to
the Journal and $45.25 to the Tribune
Signs and banners cost $17.25; advertis
ing, $29.82, telephone and telegraph,
$13.40, Distributing bills, $1.00; cards
and express, $3.30, and a small indebted
ness of the Taft club S2.51, was also paid.
To meet these expenses $115.00 was
contributed by candidates and local re
publicans, and just before election the
state committee sent Chairman Dickin
son $300 to be placed in the various pre
cincts in the county to pay for workers
and get out the vote. This accounts for
all fands handled by the committee dur
ing the campaign, and they still have a
balance on hand of $30.07.
A Leading Question.
Superintendent McLaren of San
Francisco's system of public parks was
inspecting the work of restoring Union
square to its former beauty, now that
the little St. Francis has been re
moved. "I'm for heavin this un out; it's a
bum little bush," remarked a garden
er with a brogue.
"Which one?" inquired McLaren.
"You don't mean this beautiful little
Scotch heather? All it needs is more
water and it will grow as tall as you
"You're not so tall yourself, Mr. Mc
Laren." "Not extraordinarily so."
"I say, Mr. McLaren," reflected the
gardener, thoughtfully, "did you evei
try water yourself?'' San Francisco
Burying Cables in River Bed.
It seems odd that telegraph and
telephone companies should be forced
to bury their cables in the bed of a
large river, yet this became necessarj
in places along the Ohio during the
The river was so low that boys
could and did play ball in the verj
channel bed, and the exposure left the
telephone cables entirely unprotected
To avoid a repetition of the incident,
therefore, the companies have dug
trenches in the river bed, in which the
cables have been securely covered.
Adolphus I say, deah boy, they tell
me Cholly caught quite a cold dont
cberknow. Augustus Yes, he went without hit
chrysanthemum one day last week.
Philadelphia Public Ledge;.
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The most remarkable undertaking ever made by
a newspaper or other publication. Eighty pages
devoted to Lincoln. Four color sections.
At great cost The Chicago Tribune has secured
the right to use all of Ida M. Tarbell's rich collection
of Lincoln pictures, caricatures made of him during
the war, illustrations of his earlier and later home and
business life, relics, etc., with full privileges of conden
sing into minute form her keen, sympathetic and
highly dramatic life of Abraham Lincoln.
Besides, there are a hundred pictures of Lincoln
from the Oldroyd collection, special articles on differ
ent aspects of his life and death, his personal and moral
qualities, his relation to those immediately about him,
to our nation, and to the whole human race; and his
sayings, anecdotes, and his sorrows.
This valuable addition to the Lincoln literature will be pub
lished in The Chicago Tribune Sunday, February 7th. Order it
from your newsdealer early to be sure of getting it.
A Fairy Story of To-Day.
They were going to the theater. He
had reached home at 6:30 o'clock, and
an hour later was ready to start
There was just time to reach the play
house by eight. She had had nothing
to do all afternoon except to dress,
yet it was 8:1 when she came from
her room with her hat and coat on.
"I am afraid we shall be late," she
"You look so lovely." he replied,
kissing her, "that it would have been
worth waiting another hour for you."
No. they were not bride and bride
groom. They had been married ten
years. But what is the use of telling
you any more? As you can see by
this sample, you wouldn't believe It,
"The seal or signet ring," said a
Jeweler, "once had a very practical
use. In the Middle Ages, when no
body but the priests could write, men
stamped documents with their signet
rings, as the illiterate now make their
"The signet rings of noblemen bore
the owner's crest or arms. The rings
of merchants bore intricate mono
grams, trademark or the like. There
are certain old continental firms that
preserve in cabinets the seal rings
worn by their founders rings whose
seals are inscribed with the trade
marks still in use."
Not That Color.
Willie lost his pet dog and was much
distressed. He spent bis time search
ing for it, and so often did he run into
the house crying. "Come quick; there's
FIdo! I saw him!" the family grew
One day Willie rushed in more excit
ed than usual. "Mamma, mamma!" he
cried, "I've seen FIdo! I've seen Fido!"
"Oh, no; I guess not," replied the
patient mother. "It must have been
Willie looked at her, much ag
grieved. "Well," he said indignantly,
"I guess my 'magination isn't white
An Experienced Walker.
Champion Hayes of Marathon fame,
praised at a dinner in New York a
"He is a walker?" someone said.
"Yes," said Mr. Hayes, "and the next
race he enters, mark me, he will win."
"Why, I didn't know he had had
any experience as a walker," said the
other in a puzzled voice.
Mr. Hayes laughed.
"No experience as a walker, eh?"
said he. "And the fellow's owned an
$80 second-hand motor car for the last
Not the Aind They'd Keep.
"Is your climate rather changeable?"
asked the tourist.
"No, it isn't," answered the old set
tler who always contradicts. "If it
was, don't you suppose we'd have
changed it for something else years
ago?" Stray Stories.
Ending the Trouble.
"I thought you were engaged?'
"Well, I was for a while."
"Did she throw you over?"
"Oh, no. 1 found out she had an
artificial arm so I broke it off."
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Why They Quit the Farm.
One farm hand has learned the
cause of so many sons and daughters
and well-meaning, reliable farm hands
leaving the beautiful farm and coun
try and going to the city. A lack of
order and system on the farm and too
long hours for a day are what is driv
ing the best minds from the farm to
the city and shop, he says. What can
we expect of a hand, or the farmer's
wife and her posterity, in the way of
intellectual development when they
get out of their beds at 3:30 in the
morning and work from that time un
til eight or nine p. m.? And no at
tention paid to the sanitary conditions
of the home and necessary conven
iences on the farm for doing the
farm work with the least labor and
time. Norwich (Conn.) Record.
Wanted the Painkiller.
Whenever two-year-old Ruland
bumped his inquisitive head or bruised
his adventurous body a bottle of some
good old-fashioned lotion was brought
out and some of its soothing contents
applied to the injured part. Recently
Ruland received his first spanking, an
experience which was to him totally
new, strange and mystifying. About
all he understood of it was that it
hurt and immediately after being al
lowed to wriggle off of the maternal
knee he toddled toward the shelf on
which stood his old friend, the bottle,
and with hands upraised cried Implor
ingly: "Botty, botty, give Wuland Dotty
twlck." Kansas City Times.
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Revealing Ancient History.
In Laconia, Greece, where excava
tions are being carried on vigorously
by English archeologists, the latest
finds confirm many assertions by an
cient authors concerning the Spartans.
It becomes definitely known that Lace
daemonia was formed by the union
of five villages; that only priestesses
and citizens fallen In battle were
burled; that children were birched in
public, etc. But the most fortunate
discovery is that of the most ancient
Doric temple known. It dates from
500 B. C. It is built partly of wood
and partly of sun-baked bricks.
Chinese Using Patent Medicine.
The Chinese method of relieving
one pain with another is going out of
vogue, and there is a large sale of
patent medicines. Sedatives are
judged and valued by what they do in
the shortest time.
Portable Circular Saw.
A recent English invention is a
portable circular saw resembling- the
street outfit of the scissors grinder,
which may be moved up to stationary
timber to cut it.
"I'm almost sure the count is in
love with me," excitely exclaimed the
"What makes you think so?" in
quired the other.
"He asked me to-day how much I
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