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WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 2C. 1910.
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CHANGE IN ADDBE88-When ordering
change in the address, sobscribere should be sure
to giTe their old as well as their new address.
Jim Dahlman has filed his name as
a democratic, candidate for governor,
but it isn't always the early bird that
gets the worm.
What has become of that eminent
reformer, Senator King. If he attend
ed the hater's convention he was con
spicuous as a silent delegate.
Genoa was the first town in the
state to organize a Burkett club.
Nearly every business man in the
town some of them democrats are
members of the club.
Burkett clubs are being organized
throughout the state and a strong
campaign will commence at once to
secure the election of meu to the leg
islature favorable to the re-election of
The politicians who boss the Anti
Saloon League announce that they
will not ask the party conventions to
endorse county option, but will wait
until nominations for the legislature
are .made and then demand that the
candidates pledge themselves to sup
port a ounty option measure, if they
desire the support of the league. The
fact that the next legislature will elect
a U. S. senator is not taken into con
aideration by the leagueites. Repub
licans who desire to see Burkett or
some other able champion of the prin
ciples of their party elected senator
will not be caught by the confidence
game framed up by the league
WHY THIS DIFFERENCE?
Gifford Pinchot is a rich man, and
not a very useful one, yet he is very
popular with the people. William
Randolph Hearst is a very rich man,
and not a particularly useful one.
Yet he "stands in" with the people, and
they seem to worship him. The peo
ple tax themselves cheerfully to make
him richer, and march in torchlight
processions to make him more famous.
Why do not the people hate these
men, as they hate other plutocrats? Is
it because Hearst and Pinchot accused
other men of being Thieves, Bribe
Takers and Disgraced Whelps gener
ally? Is it possible that we the people
are so debased that we accept scandal
Some of these days, it will appear
that We, the People, have our faults,
and that someone should start a maga
zine to throw them up to us occasion
ally, for our own good. Atchison
PATRIOTISM RUN MAD.
You may wonder why Germany
worries Great Britain. Here are a
few reasons: Every male German, no
matter what his social status, is com
pelled to serve two years in the army,
except that the term may be shortened
to one year in the case of university
students who are able to pay for their
own equipment and sustenance. At
the end of this term of active service,
the German soldier is placed on the
reserve lists, and there he remains for
five years, with a few weeks of active
training every summer. Then he en
ters the landwehr, and remains sub
ject to call for a further period of
twelve years. After that, until he is
45, he belongs to the landstrum, or
last line of defense. The number of
' men-actuallyunderarms the standing
army-in Germany is 620,000, and to
these, incase of war, could be called
1,500,000 reservists young men just
out of service, and still trained an
nually. Back of these is the land
wehr, the second reserves, with another
million and a half, which gives -an
army of 3,500,000 trained troops with
out touching the last line. Arms and
ammunition are constantly kept in
.readiness for that number. Every
surgeon or physician in the country is
subject to call. The' Germans are the
ever ready in this war game. Drake
A GRAND FIZZLE
The- much advertised state meeting
of the. Taft and Burkett haters held at
Line )ln on the 20th was a firde. Out
side of Lancaster county less than a
score, of representatives were present,
and instead of denouncing Taft, the
president was praised and compli
me nted by some of the speakers. But
in Barkett's case it. was different The
speakers denounced the senator in
unmeasured terms. The great crime
charged against Burkett was that he
voted for a tariff bill which the repub
lican congress approves and a repub
lican president signed.
Although the meeting was a failure
as to the object sought, yet prelimi
nary steps were taken to organize a
new party for the purpose of making
an anti-Burkett campaign. "Any
thing to beat Burkett!" appears to be
the campaign cry of the new party,
even to the extent of assisting in the
election of a democrat to succeed him.
One of the surprises of the stunt was
the failure of the little band of Bur
kett haters and Taft defamers to send
a delegation to the meeting. The
jeweled crown wearers of Lincoln had
been led to believe that Platte county
republicans were almost unanimous in
their hostility to Taft and Burkett,
and the absence of a delegation of sore
heads from this locality was a dis
appointment. SENATOR E. J. BURKETT.
The meeting of so-called republican
"insurgents" in Lincoln Monday
sought to develop opposition to Sena
tor R J. Burkett This in the face
of the fact that Elmer J. Burkett, a
Lincoln boy grown to manhood in their
midst, but five years ago was regu
larly commissioned by the people of
Nebraska to represent them in the
senate of the United States. He had
ably and faithfully represented his
county in the legislature of the state,
his congressional district in the house
of representatives for six years, and his
elevation to the senate was both a
recognition of his unswerving fidelity,
and an expression of high confidence
in his integrity and judgment.
It may truthfully be said that Sena
tor Burkett is the first senator from
Nebraska to hold a commission direct
from the people. He was voted for at
the primaries, nominated in stato con
vention, and his candidacy was over
whelmingly endorsed by the people in
voting for legislative candidates who
later elected him unanimously United
States senator. The people endorsed
the candidacy of Senator Burkett be
cause he was a progi sive republican
and they knew from experience that he
couldbe trusted to earnestly endeavor
to carry their views on public ques
tions into legislative effect
fn passing from the louse to the
senate, Mr. Burkett took with him an
experience in legislative affairs, and an
understanding of the people's needs,
which afforded at once intelligent
guidance in his attitude on all public
Senator Burkett throughout his
public career has been an aggressive
champion of the people's rights. He
has squarely and courageously faced
every important question that has
arisen during his congressional incum
bency, and has dealt with problems
affecting the general welfare with such
intelligence and fortitude as to even
challenge the admiration of his oppon
ents. His position on every important
issue has resolutely evidenced that his
one and uppermost thought is to con
serve and promote the best interests of
the people of this state.
Senator Burkett stood squarely with
Roosevelt in the correction of wrongs
and in the promotion of reforms, and
he is just as ardently augmenting the
efforts of President Taft in spreading
the arm of regulatory legislation
around corporate privileges. He rec
ognizes the essentiality of corporations
in meeting the great commercial de
mands of this country, but he believes
that capital under all circumstances
and conditions occupies a position of
servitude, and as such should by legis
lation be required to respond to all
just demands of the people. He holds
that capital is the servant, and the
people its lawful master, and that the
interests of both are best conserved by
legislation which will afford the widest
latitude to commercial effort while yet
fully preserving this essential rela
tionship. Senator Burkett is rounding out his
first term as senator. He is closing
twelve years of faithful service as a
national legislator. If he shall again
be a candidate for the senate, surely he
may safely predicate his appeal to the
people on a record which for zeal,
fidelity, honesty and well directed
effort stands without an equal in the
political annals of Nebraska..
The action of a small band of Lin
coln "insurgents" can certainly not
blind the people of Lincoln or of the
state of Nebraska to the long and hon
orable service-rendered by this young
man who commands important recog
nition already at the nation s capitol,
who has achieved 'much needed legis
lation for the citizens of the state in
the past, and is fully equipped to do
valiant service for the progressive
ideas of. his party in the future.
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.
The American association for the
advancement of science is told by Dr.
W. L. Dudley of Vanderbilt univer
sity that he has discovered the cause
of that mighty .and mysterious force
which routs the darkness of the contin
uous Arctic night, the aurora borealis
It is neon, a newly discovered gas. At
the poles it is subjected to the vast
pressure of extreme cold and is flashed
into light by the action of electric
currents. Even to the lay mind, that
appears entirely plausible.
This explanation if it be one has
long eluded us. Since the time when
superstitious, primitive man stood awe
struck, the human mind has speculated
upon this gorgous display of colon in
the northern heavens. Most of us can
recall that in our childhood we were
told that it was the reflection of the
midnight sun upon the eternal ice
bergs. That was an explanation full
of poetry and romance. That the
reflection, however, would carry 3,000
miles seemed, even to the immature
judgment, improbable. More modern
theories, that the aurora'was caused
by the passage of electric currents
through the upper air strata, had to
satisfy us until now, when we are given
Dr. Dudley's hypothesis.
Whatever the cause, nature is aston
ishingly lavish in these northern lights.
Best to appreciate them, one must be
camped by some silent lake or the
rapids of some northern river, far up
in the Canadian wilderness. One
must be sleeping upon a bed of balsam
bough, wrapped in the cathedral quiet
of the northern night, broken only by
the maniacal laugh of some wandering
loon. One must have left the warmth
and cheer of the camp fire and the
company of the Jirilliant northern
stars. Then the zenith flames in pur
ple, orange, violet, green, crimson, and
through the canvas walls of the tent
there comes an illumination as daz
zling as the searchlight of a battle
ship. Streamers, filmy curtains of
light, are flung across the northern
heavens and roll backward and for
ward, all centering in the vast canopy
above. The wilderness, thejocks, the
gaunt pines, the ridges and ravines are
lighted as by the noonday sun, but it
is a yellow and greenish light that
brings unreality and ghastliness. It
is small marvel that primitive man fell
upon his knees and prayed to a God
whose name he did not know and felt
only his presence and his might
The "friction of neon against mer
cury" appears a very prosaic sort of a
process for a phenomenon so impress
ive. But no doubt Dr. Dudley is
right Detroit Journal.
The Grand Army men who cannot
restrain the rapid beating of their
pulses when they hear the strains of
"Dixie" may convince themselves that
they are not unpatriotic by reading
the report of the chief of the musical
division of the congressional library.
He finds that "Dixie" now leads all of
the American songs in "patriotic pop
ularity." That means that it is now a
national and not a sectional air. Its
greatest vogue is yet in the south, but
any prejudice that may exist against
it in the north is fast passing away.
"Dixie" was written just before the
war by D. D. Emmett and was first
performed by a minstrel company in
New York. It was appropriated by
the south at once and became a great
confederate battle song. Since the
war it has won its way slowly but
surely in the north and its almost uni
versal acceptance now is a sign that
this is a reunited country. One reason
for the acceptance of a once hated
song is found in the paucity of music
expressing the spirit of the American
people. "America" is borrowed from
the Germans, through the English.
"The Star Spangled Banner" is an
inspiring air, but can be used with
effect only by good military bands.
"Yankee Doodle" is musical and ver
bal doggerel. A nation that needs
music to express its feelings so keenly
that it almost makes "Hot Time" a
national air can afford to unite on
"Dixie" and be thankful for the joy
ous and uplifting quality of its melody.
As the people of this country have
about given up the attempt to sing,
the lack of dignity in the words can
readily be excused. Lincoln Journal.
The Little Thing Counted.
The I'astor (dining with the family)
Ah. yes, Hrother Smithers. it is the lit
tle things of this life that count! Lit
tie Willie (in a loud whisper) Maw,
that's the sixth' hiscuit he's took. Ex
"What sort of rote docs Rounder
take In the new drama?'
"An emotional one.- In the big scene
be Is offered a drink' which be has to
refuse." . .'
Labor bestowed on trifles Is' silly.
AS TAFT SEES IT
Washington dispatch: It is no
longer a secret that President Taft and
his advisors have become- somewhat
vexed at the prevailing character of
criticism that is sweeping the country,
in and ont of the republican party,
criticism that is aimed against the co
operation the president is trying to es
tablish between himself and the lead
ers of theparty in the twp houses of
congress, and which must be establish
ed if-there is to be any forward step
during the session that .is now under
This criticism, as the president and
his friends see it, loses sight of all the
fundamentals in the existing state of
It is not a question of 'whether the
presidentlikes Senator Aldrich, Speak
er Canaon, and their associates in con
gress, or whether they like him, or ap
prove his policies. -He might enter
tain for all of them a profound dislike,
personally and officially, . and yet, if
the present session of congress is to do
anything to give the country the legis
lation it is demanding, he must work
with these men and they must work
Failure to do this would bring the
present session of congress to an in
glorious end on the eve of apolitical
campaign, the party pledges unfulfill
ed, the p sident more or less discred
ited with the people, and would pave
the way for the election of a democ
ratic house in November.
The democrats could ask for noth
ing better than that the president list
en to the advice of may of his well
meaning friends all over the country,
and bring on a breach himself with
the congress leaders. Such a course
would result in legislative stagnation
during the remainder of the sixty
nrst congress, continue the same
thoroughout the sixty-second congress
under the beneficent management of a
democratic house, and bring the Taft
administration to a close on March 4,
1913, with the record of nothing done.
The foregoing are the plain facts
and the president is anxious to ha,ve
all his friends in the country under
stand them. As he sees the case, a
break between him and the leaders of
either house of congress, no matter
how much people seem to think they
would be pleased to see it brought
about could only result in party dis
And so he has made up his mind to
disregard the criticisms here referred
to and work with those leaders in the
most cordial sort of way, to the end
that the present session of .congress
may have to its credit legislation that
will appeal to the country by showing
a real intent on the part of the repub
licans to carry out their platform
President Taft realizes that he came
into that high office at a time when
the difficulties surrounding it were
very great. Some of this difficulty
has been caused by his political ene
mies, much of it by men within the re
publican party. Many in this latter
class sincerely wish him well, and
would be glad to help in any way pos
sible; but other of them are under the
influence of the so-called ultra-insurgents
of the house and senate, and,
therefore, hardly in a position to do
him justice, even if disposed to do so.
To all these critics the president has
one reply that they are demanding
that he do something which he has
no power to do except by associat
ing with the republican party and
the men who lead it in the house
and senate. The general feeling of
these administration critics, as the
president sees it, is that he should
enact laws without any party and
reach affirmative results by the united
power of his good right hand.
The president believes that the ab-1
An old military dictionary tells us
that rats were sometimes used in war
for the purpose of firing powder maga
zines by means of lighted matches tied
to their tails. We cannot offhand re
call any historical instance of this, but
presumably It did occur, seeing that
Marshal Vanbati laid down special
rules for counteracting it. Anyhow,
the dodge is as old as Samson, who.
yon may recall, used foxes in a similar
way for a somewhat similar purpose.
As to the royal rat catcher, we may
add that he bad a special official livery.
According to Pennant's "British Zool
ogy." it consisted of a scarlet costume,
embroidered with yellow worsted, in
which, were figures of mice destroying
wheat sheaves. By the way. rats were
not the only animals honored with a
special catcher. Leicester, for instance,
used to pay a yearly salary of.JEl lis;
GO. to its municipal mole .catcher.
Of Vital Importance.
Mrs. Benham The doctor .says that
mother won't live until morning. Ben
ham Does he promise that or merely
predict it? New York Press.. .
Young-Woman (adorInglyIt must'
be .awfully nice to-be wise and ..know,
oh, everything!- Yale Senior-it is:
Yale Co'urant .
surdity of this view will ultimately be
recognized by the people, although
there is a possibility that this will not
happen until after the republican
party has been defeated two or .three
It is, of coarse, obvious that all the
president can do is to do the best he
can to make the government as good
as he can and to secure as much legis
lation as he can in the-right direction.
It should also be obvious that, in doing
these things, he must use those in
struments which are indispensable to
the passage of. laws. This statement
is elementary, and the president .ails to
understand why his friends do.kotidl
The .truth is and he. and hisad
visers'h'ave. beerrquicfc to realize it
that the Tfcited States' is now passing
through a period of supreme hypocrisy
in which the man who makes the.loud
est protestations of.hatred of monopoly
and political -corruption and bossism.
has a great advantage.
The person is at a disadvantage upon
whom fklls-the necessity for affirmative
action,, and the enactment of beneficial
legislation. The i rresponsi bl.e ones are
free to formulate their ideals,- and
make mouths before the public, in .fa
vor of them and then blame others for
not coming up to these ideals in prac
tice. This has frequently been the
case in America politics, and President
Taft realizes his fate is not different
from that of men who have been pre
But he is anxious that these people
who are sincerely desirous of his suc
cess, and that of the party whose
leader he is, should remember that he
is laboring entirely to do something,
that his the full measure of respon
sibilty to the country; that he person
ally has a good deal more at stake in
seeing something- done than anybody
else. He is not aud cannot be in sym
pathy with the idea that he is to stop
all the activities here referred to and
make enemies of congress leaders, and
of all those who in the present con
gress have the power to bring about
the reforms which he has adverted.
As to his own political future he is
supremely indifferent. He feels that,
he can well afford to get along with
one term as president, if he can point
back to things done, and not to a record
of noise and fury, and hypocritical de
magogy. The future concerns him
not in the least. He is busy with the
present and is willing that the future
should take care of itself.
He does want the approval of his
countrymen, and this he feels sure he
is to receive if not now, then at some
future time. When in the light of his
historical perspective his administra
tion is judged by its true relation to
the real issues the present day. As to
all these issues he feels certain that his
attitude is correct.
The trouble with people who look
at the president and try to pass judg
ment upon him from the outside, is
that they do not take into considera
tion the responsibility they would have
if they were in his place trying to do
something, and were looking about to
find out how.
In other words, as the president tells
his visitors these days, if his critics
were to get down to 'brass tacks" and
talk about practical steps to be taken,
and just how this was to be done, they
would stop condemning everything,
and no longer find as much satisfac
tion in the gloom they think prevails in
political affairs. And while doing,
this, it is the belief of the president
that they would reach a state of mind
that would give their views on public
affairs a real permanent view. So
much by way of comment' on the pres
ent situation that represents the pres
The earring "is not a modern Inven
tion, for more than" twenty centuries
ago the daughter of Aristotle, wore
goldcu hoops. The philosopher's .'daugh
ter's earrings 'were found, in her tomb
near Chalcis.- in Euboea, by exploring
archaeologists, and certainly modern
workmanship cannot produce '.their,
equal. In each, golden hoop swung a'
tin- dove, with precious- stones for
eyes and bands of minute gems to.
give the -color of the iridescent breast
and wiugs. The feathers were" of gran
ulated gold, aud the tail .feathers wero.
so inarvelously wrought and adjusted
that they acted like a balance, as In a
living bird, so that -the exquisite minia
ture creatures whenever "The. wearef
moved or Jaugued or tossed her head
would move and balance themselves
upon their pendent perches. - "
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Ancient Eyeglasses. ..
"Indeed, thp ancients did have eye
glasses," said'.the schoolgirl. "."My his-;
tory says, The Romans .wprn- extreme1
ly .fond. sof spectacles. "New York
post . . .. .-.. -. . .-:.
The Yird. "' ..'.
Slyer Try. one. of these long cigars.
They measure four -to the yard. XJyer
What yard-.tbe graveyard? Chicago
News. -.. . .
Stubborn, labor conquers everything:
.-VJrjD.. l- ' .
Illinois, Rock Spring's
and Colorado Coals
at pricee that will interest you. Let us
figure with you tor your, winter's supply.
Lcfc Us Prove To YOU That
'" You Want This
" Wc can provide it arfel prove, that if
you have it- .installed, vou," won'taell- it
. tor what.it cost you.
' Let Ua Take the Rule
- . .
..If you are not satisfied and .it does
not do all: we claim, we will take it out
and .'give your money back.
. We Hafjdle.Uie.Mn4iaMapelk,f.
' inThis City Because-1-. '
We kiiow this is the best Heat .Regu
lator made regardless of price, and we
know the' price puts it 'within the 'reach
of every households
Furnace or Boiler AH Kinds oFuel.
"Saves its Cost in a Season!
A. DUSSELL & SON
niiini mi larai
Not Worth a Ruth.
"Not worth u'rush' is. as 4 popular
Baying, the predecessor of the now'
more common Simile, "not worth :i
straw." In precarpct days-it was tin
custom" to-strew the doors of dwelling
houses. When guests of rank were en
tertained iresh'rushes-were- spread for
them, "but folk, of lower degree had t
be content with rushes that had al
ready been "used, while" still humble:-
persons had none, as not even bein;j
"worth a rush." London -Standard,,
A New Line
To The Nbrthweat
Through The Big, Horn Basin
The Bio; Horn Basin, is fast settling tip and offers the
greatest opportunities for farmers, and '.especially FARM
RENTERS, to secure fine government irrigated: farms at the
mere cost of the water, andoften. A SINGLE CROP CAN BE
MADE TO PAY FOR THE FARM. Ten yearly payments
without interest. This .is cheaper' than pitying rent in any
With the completion of. the new line-this promises to be
come a.great wealth producing region.
The oil, ' gas. and irrigation of the Big Horn Basin will
make that country a combination- of ..farm and industrial
Writeme for ,f ulldescriptiye literature. ;
Jo with me;to .the'Basin arid let me help you select a new
home.. ' . :" ..
DOLLARS PAID FOR RENT ARE LOST.
In lact, for anything in the book
binding .toe. .bring your- w&rk to
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When He Feels Safe.
' Bacon. A -mam feels 'more secun
when his views" are- indorsed by otk-
ers. Egbert Especially so if the iimii
in question is u baseball umpire. Yun-
Out on Tap.
Fuddy "Did you, ever notice tlut
successful men. are generally bald?
Duddy Certainly. They came out
top. Boston Transcript.
D...CLEM.jDEAVERi General Agent
LaBd. Seekers Information Bureau,
Room. 6, "Q" Building, Omaha, Nebraska.
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