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ting virtuous in his old age. Last week he spent con
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at the recent primary.
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paid advertising, ) that we are for the election of Judge
Hamer. One reason is because Editor Harrison is against
him, which ought to be sufficient cause to merit for him
the support of all right-thinking citizens.
At a special election held in the city of Omaha last
Saturday, the voters by a majority of nearly three to
one, voted to adopt the commission form of government.
Although this is the first attempt at this form of govern
ment, in Nebraska, it is not an experiment, as it has
been successfully tried in a number of other large cities.
The proposition carried in every portion of the city ex
cepting the notorious third' ward, where it was turned
down in apout the same proportion as it carried in the
city at large.
Big things going on in Lincoln this week. State
fair, flying machines, reunion of members of legislature,
and other things. By the way, the democratic state
club will also meet there tonight to mix medicine to pro
duce thunderous results in the state campaign.
Printing The Newt.
In the last issue of the Saturday Evening Post ap
peears the opening installment of a story wirtten by a
former editorial writer of the Star, Oliver P. Newman,
who left this city to enter the service of the Mousey pa
pers at Philladelphia and Washington.
This story following the suggestion made popular by
Will Irwin in Colliers, is an indulgence in raking through
journalistic muck to disclose how inevitably . the news
service of a newspaper is subordinated to the business
When Mr. Newman came to Lincoln it was from St.
Joseph, a city wherein newspaper work has always been
enshrouded in more or less of a funeral atmosphere, and
it is of his experience there that the recital treats. He
hides the identity of St. Joe, however, in the somewhat
similar name of St. James.
Here a coterie of Schrips-McRae newspaper men had
bought the shattered hulk of a newspaper that was gasp
ing its life away, paying $20,000 for it, had put $60,
000 into a pot and had started out to build a paper that
was absolutely independent of the business office in its
news service and editorial utterances.
How the editorial activities of that newspaper soon
managed to alienate its advertising support and consign
it to the journalistic graveyard is told in an entertaining
way, and so vivdily as to confirm the axiom that truth is
stranger than fiction.
It is hardly probable, however, that the business
boycott could be exerted anywhere else with such fatal
effect as it was worked in the instance dealt with by
Mr. Newman in St. Joseph. The same men who sought
to establish in the Missouri town a paper wherein the
news and editorial col umns would have no thought of
the responsibility to the advertising side of the paper
have established money-making newspapers on the same
plan in other cities.
The conclusion that the reading public is apt to draw
from such stories as those of Will Irwin and Mr. New
man is that newspapers cannot be successfnul without
subservience to the advertising side. That i a sadly
mistaken suggestion, for it is a fact that the successful
modern newspaper is the one that prints the news to
which it deems the public entitled and in which it
thinks its readers interested without any careful thought
of the effect it will have upon its advertising patronage
other than the general thought that the advertiser wants
into the paper that does print all the news.
In doing this it makes itself such a business fact
or in the community that the advertiser, even though he
may hate it for having trod on his corns, simply has to
patronize it to maintain his business prestige. Lincoln
Ten years ago tonight thecrushinsg news was flashed
over the wires telling of the assassination of President
McKinley. As will be remembered, the president was
holding a reception in the temple of music at the Pan
American exposition at Buffalo, which was in session at
that time. It is a remarkable fact that sinice 1840 the
nation has suffered the loss by death of the chief execu
tive chosen at regular intervals of twenty years Harri
son was elected in 1840, Lincoln in 1860, Garfield in
1880, and McKinley in 1900.
According to the face of the returns there are but
few people who are not rejoicing this week over the suc
cess of the bridge bond proposition in Loup and Oconee
townships last Saturday. There is no reason why those
Loup township farmers should be compelled to haul their
grain ten to fifteen miles to market, when there is an
other town within two to six miles of them, if 'they
could only get to it.
IN TIMES GONE BY
Interesting Happenings of Many
Years Ago, Taken Prom the
Files of This Paper.
Thirty Years Ago.
President Garfield was taken to
Long Branch, New Jersey, where it
was hoped he might be relieved of the
symptoms of malaria, with which he
A terrific hail storm struck the vi
cinity of Rising city.
The Congregationalists of Genoa
weie piepaiing to build a new church.
Twenty Years Ago.
A. C. Turner, who, with his son,
M. K. Turner, started the Journal in
1870, died. He had attained the age
of eighty-two years.
The members of the Knights Temp
lars of Columbus went ina body to
David City to attend the funeral of
Benjamin F. Haight.
Two hundred Platte county people
attended the G. A. R. reunion at
Ten Years Ago.
President McKinley was assassin
ated while attending the Pan-American
exposition at Buffalo.
The corier stone of the North opera
house was laid, the Masonic form be
William Bucher and daughter re
turned from their trip abroad.
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The special session of the congress
of the United States was called very
early in the spring for the purpose of
considering the reciprocity treaty, or
the enactment of a law that would
carry into effect the bargain or contract
made betwixt the government! of Can
ada and that of the United States.
It has been a long drawn out session
through the hottest of weather; and
hot weather is less endurable in
Washington than almost any other
place in the United State, s It has
been a session of heated controversy
from first to last. .
It has resulted in the enactment of
the reciprocity agreement, which will
not go into effect, however, until af
ter it has received the endorsement of
the people of Canada. It takes two
nations as well as two people to make
a bargain. The Canadian government
has practically referred it to the peo
ple of Canada, who will vote on it
September 21st. Whether the bar
gain will be ratified -by the Canadians
is as yet an open question.
It would seem from this distance
as if the farming interests were in
favor of it and the manufacturers
against it, with the probability that
the agreement will be ratified. We
shall then know in the onlyway pos
sibe by actual trial what effect it
f We have beieved all along that on
the whole it will neither do the farm
ers much harm nor the laboring peo
ple much good. In other words, we
do not believe it will materially affect
the cost of living in the least jior the
profits of the farmers in the west.
However, we shall know more about
this after a couple of years' trial, if it
should be tried.
In order to compensate the farmers
for the loss that they believed would
incur through the reciprocity agree
ment, congress enacted a bill known
as the farmers' free list bill.
We have never believed that this
would do the farmer very much good,
and in its original form would have
done them a great deal of harm, for
the reason that 'it provided for free
meat and free grains from all the
world. We believe that the free im
portation of corn and meat from the
Argentine would be a serious blow to
the agricultural interests of the west.
The bill was modified in the senate,
however, so that it applied practically
only to Canada; and in this form it
could not do very much good nor very
much harm. The president has vetoed
The house also passed a wool bill,
placing wool and woolen practically on
a revenue basis, and levying the du
ties ad valorem. The senate amended
the bill, lowering the duties very
considerably but still on the theory of
protection. The bill finally passed
both houses, but was vetoed by the
president on the ground that the tariff
commttee had not had time to report
and therefore congress had not suffi
cient reliable information. The bill
reducing the tariff on cottons met
with the same treatment by the pres
ident. Thus ended a session which, with
all its discussions, has not been of
any immediate practical value. Nev
ertheless, it has a great deal of re
mote practical value. The president
and the republican party are now com
mitted to a thorough revision of the
tariff schedules one by one and on
the basis of the most up-to-date,
scientific knowledge. We regard this
as a very great advance and we hope
the time will soon come when the tar
iff will no longer be a party issue;
in other words, that it will be taken
out of poitics.
If we undersand the attitude of the
common people of the United States,
they are willing there should be a
measure of protection that will enable
every legitimate industry to flourish.
They are unwilling that here should be
a measure of protection that will de
velop great monopolies and enable the
manufacturing interests to levy toll
or taxes on the people for their own
private benefit under the plea of sup
porting the goverment. We believe
that the protection on steel, on cotton
on wool and woolens, has been entire
ly too high and oppressive to the peo
ple. The work of the present con
gress has therefore been simply pre
liminary. We have had the feeling all sum
mer long that congressmen would not
have endured thegoppressive heat of the
summer in Washington had it not been
that the different factions have been
aming rather to secure party advant
age than to really promote the interest
of the whole people. The measure of
sacrifice required and freely given is
more than men are likely to giVe un
less they have some special political or
personal advantage to gain therefrom.
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Nebraska OrganizatiM Provides
1911 INITIATION BRAND NEW.
Many New Features Have Been Added
to Program to Be Offered to Mem
bers and Friends During the Fall
BY E. V. PARRISH.
Go where you will on pleasure bent
to tbe Mardi Gms in New Orleans
In the late winter months; to the
1'riet.ts of Pallas parade in Kansas
City, or to the Veiled Prophets parade
and ball in St. Louis then go to the
Ak-Sar-Ben festivities in Omaha, Neb.,
and you will find a departure, original
and unique, iu the way of fall festi
vities. The Ak-Sar-Ben is distinctly a west
ern institution. It was fostered by
the western sjJrit and developed by
the western dash. From purely a lo
cal institution, conceived in Omaha,
it bus grown to a national institution,
numbering among its members such
well known personages as former
President Theodore Roosevelt, Pres
ident William H. Taft. members of
United States cabinets ana governors
of states of the east, west, north and
Rare indeed is he who has not vis
ited Omaha during the summer
months and has not been inducted in
to the mysteries of the land of King
Samson. And rarer is he who, after
having tread the narrow and roeky
road which lids to the shrine of King
Samson, has not declared that the ex
perience i3 unique to such extent that
he has never before experienced any
thing like it.
Like all similar institutions, Ak-Sar-Ben
has its queen and its king
and the customary retinue of attend
ants. The king, always ono of the
lcadine business or professional men
of the city, holds forth for a year. He
in turn is permitted to name his queen
to whom the fair western women do
honor for the ensuing year.
Unlike other institutions, class dis
tinction has nothing to do with the
selection of the kini? or the queen.
They are chosen from all walks of
iife. In no other place is talent,
ability and beauty recognized more
than it is in this modern land of
AR-Sar-Ben goes farther than sim
ilar institutions. Its activities do not
begin and end with one week of feast
and merrymaking as in others. For
six months, the Ak-Sar-Ben promoters
plan and work out the details. Tho
October schedule, is but the perfection
of a half year's work. To properly
icalize this ambition, weekly meetings
are held for a half year preceding the
fall festivities, during which numerous
schemes are tried out. Some stand
the arid test. They are few In com
'bartson with the great number of
feature"? that are cast by the wayside
with the label, "Not flood Enough
for the Residents of the Ak-Sar-Ben
But wTen the Gnal scheme la con
summated), when the offerings of the
organization aro ready for the ap
proval of the great multitude of peo
ple who flock to Omaha during the
first week in October of each year,
then it is that the casual spectator
knows just what Ak-Sar-Bcn means.
It is during this week that the great
electrical parade is given, and it is
during the week that the great ball,
which ushers out the Ak-Sar-Ben sea
son in a blaze or giory. occupies uie
center nlace in western social life.
The Ak-Sar-Ben dates back to 1895
when it was organized as an enter
tainment feature for the state fair
visitors, with an initiation intended to
promote a better spirit of co-operation
among the business men of Omaha,
the state and the west. This latter
spirit has dominated the organization
sinco and it has become an organiza
tion for the people, of the people and
by the people, a democratic institu
tion in every sense of tho word.
Western people swear by the name
Ak-Sar-Ben. It stands to them for
everything that means to go ahead.
The name itself is tho name of the
glorious state of Nebraska spelled
backward. But that is the only thing
that is backward about the organization.
One source of gratification to the
Ak-Sar-Ben people is the notable men
of the country that they have bad the
pleasure of entertaining and investing
with the symbol of the organization.
In 1898. President McKinley, with
most of the members of his cabinet,
many foreign ambassadors. General
Miles, then head of the army, and
other distinguished gentlemen were
the guests of tho city." Chauncey
Depew also graced the ball room that
year with his presence. Since Pres
ident Taft. former President Roose
velt and a host of others have honored
the Ak-Sar-Ben with a visit and have
gone away feeling, according to their
own statements, that the Ak-Sar-Ben
is an innovation in the world of fes
tivities of this character.
The red letter day iu the history
of tho organization camo in the fall
of 1910, when Colonel Roosevelt was
made a member.
"Here's where you get a touch or
Ilell" was tho gentlo admonition
which greeted tho ears of the strenu
ous one, when he was being led to
the slaughter. With this gentle re
minder, the seven red devils took
charge of Colonel Roosevelt and for
an hour and a half he was buffeted
about like an ocean liner on the bot
tomless deep. In his characteristic
way. Colonel Roosevelt took every
thing that was coming and then
demanded more. Once again bis
strenuosity stood him in good stead,
for the devils were "all in" while tho
colonel was there with a broad grin
on his face and with tho usual "de
lighted" to greet his entertainers.
"Bully!" roared Colonel Roosevelt,
as ho repaired to the immense dining
room where a feast was spread in
the true western style. "I have had
the best time that I have had in many
Colonel Roosevelt voiced the sen
timents of others who had hit the
trail before him. It was no wonder
that the Colonel was pleased, for the
Ak-Sar-Ben is a booster organization
after his own heait. made up of men
who do things in the most approved
Ak-Sar-Ben initiation, unique in its
own way, is purely a local product. It
is conceived, written, staged and
acted by vilunteer workers, drawn
from the large ranks or Omaha busi
There is a little of the oriental
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and Ben,' Hebraic, meaning, brothers
In tho household, combine to give the
true. meaning cf the organization, the
king, the body of knights, and the
household in short, all.
Its colors, Ted, green and yellow, are
symbolic of the chief products of the
city and state, and give a combina
tion which is appropriate for the fall
festival season, which the organiza
tion celebrates. Red Is for the beef,
for Omaha is one of tho largest pack
ing centers in the United States; yel
low for he corn which grows in the
fertile lands in abundance, and green
for the alfalfa, which viea witn the
corn in putting the great, lelds of
Nebraska to the front as a producer.
Every loyal son of Nebraska hearti
ly indorses the sentiment. "Sweet are
the uses of adversity." for out of this
grew the Ak-Sar-Ben. If the wave of
hard times and trade depressions had
not swept over the state in the early
'90s; if there had not been the result
ing depleted values in real estate and
tightness or money, there might have
never been an Ak-Sar-Ben to enjoy in
these days of prosperity. For Ak-Sar-Ben
is the development of the delib
erations of a sturdy band of men, who
early in the spring of 1895 looked con
ditions squarely in the face, -and met
them with true western spirit by de
ciding that only some strenuous ac
tion could shake off the lethargy that
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THE IMPERIAL BANDMASTER.
was killing the trade activities of the
city and brint; about co-operation and
concerted interest among the business
men. The ambitions have been real
ized to an extent that is beyond the
fondest hopes of even the most san
guine or that determined little body
or men, who worked long and hard foi
the ultimate resulL The Ak-Sar-Ben
lRjosters have added many features to
their 1911 .nitiation. The initiatory
season proper will open on Sept. 18.
while the fall festivities will begin
nine days later and continue until
Saturday ni ;li. Oct. 7.
Tuesday alternoon, Oct. 3. the man
ufacturers or the city and state will
give a parade or live floats, which will
demonstrate that Nebraska Is a manu
facturing center as well as a jobbing
and industrial center. Nearly half a
hundred manufacturers have already
provided for floats in this affair.
On Wednesday night. Oct. 4, Ak-Sar-Ben's
great electrical pageant.
"Dreams or Other Years," will wend
its way up ind down th streets,
across the thoroughfares The parade
tliis year will be a review of formei
years, when twenty floats will repro
duce the themes or the parades of the
last sixteen ye;irs.
Two regiments of the Nebraska na
tional guard will furnish the part of
the program or the week for Wednes
day afternoon, when the gigantic
military procession will make its way
here and there about the cjty.
The season festivities will wind up
Friday night when the grand corona
tion ball will be given in the royal
castle. "The Den," where King Ak-Sar-Ben
XVII and hi3 noble consort
will receive the crowns before a
brilliant assemblage of royal subjects.
Tbe naming of the king and hi3
selection or his queen are the pieces
de resistance or tbe season's triumphs.
Everett Buckingham, superintendent
or the Union &tock yards, the present
king, will give way to his illustrious
successor, and Her Royal Highness,
Miss Frances Nash, the queen, will
gracefully bow to the new queen.
Then the grand ball will be on and
when the myriads of lights, which
glitter among the profuse decorations,
wink the last wink In the early morn
ing hours, another successful year iu
the Ak-Sar-Ben will pass into histoid .
New Court House Meeting.
At the session of the Board of Supervisor,
held the-'Jth day or August. I'JIl. the following
resolution was adopted:
Whereas, On January lii. 1910. a resolution was
adopted by the Board or Supervisors for the
consideration of a new court house for Platte
county and afterwards on March i5tb. said
matter w as considered by the Hoard and after
due consideration action on thi question was
Therefore be it. Uesolved bv the Board of
Supervisors of t'lalte county, that on the 13th
day of September. Hdl, at a o eioek p. m., at
said date the proposition of buddim; a new
court house lie made the order or business for
that time and an invitation i hereby extended
to th tax payers or Platte county in general
to be present and participate in the discussion
of said proposition.
, , . John Ckav.
Uated, A ugust LM. 191 1. County Clerk.
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