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Columbus Tribune -Journal
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ALBERT J. ICASOri Editor.
irrT.T.ATm g. BINNKT, Business Manager.
CHESTER J. MASON, Circulation Manager.
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est, fair, upright judge, especially one whom his friends
insist is "first in point of knowledge of the law", hold
ing onto these fees for two whole years, until jarred loose
from them by a county board of his own political faith, is
rather a peculiarity?
When the county judge made his report of fees col
lected for 1909, he reported "manage licenses. 175,
$350. " When he made his report for 1910, he reported
"marriage record fees, $390. ' ' Why did he report the re
ceipts for marriage licenses, and not those for ceremonies?
One is as much demanded by the law as the other, and
the fact that it had been customary for the judges to
pocket the fees prior to the law of 1907 was no excuse
when the law had been in effect for' nearly four years
particularly for a judge "first in point of knowledge of
A Page From The Record.
If you had a hired man, working on a salary, and
his dutes were to collect certian fees, you guaranteeing
him his salary and he to refund his excess collections
over that amount you would expect him to make the pro
per returns of his collections. We ask you to go with
us into the records of the proceedings of the board of
supervisors of last January, just after the new board had
organized for the year, and see what may be found.
The record reads that on January 11, 1911, the
following took place:
"Moved by Supervisor Schure that the county
attorney be directed to submit to this board a
written opinion relative to the fees retained for
marriage ceremonies by the county judge. "
The following day, January 12, the county attorney
presetnted his opinion, in which he called attention of
the board to Sections 9444 and 9476, of the Annotated
Statutes of 1909. defining in detail the fees of the county
judge. Among the fees is the item, "per marriage
ceremony, three dollars," which section, passed in 1907,
is the first which makes specific allowance for any fee
whatever for the county judge for this purpose. The
"There being a statute on and after July 5,
1907, expressly allowing county judges a fee of
three dollars for performing marriage cere
monies, it becomes obligatory upon these offi
cials on and after July 5, 1907, to report the
county commissioners according to law the re
ceipt of this class of fees the same as the re
ceipt of other fees allowed by law and include
these fees in ascertaining their annual compen
sation and the excess due the county."
Supervisor Schure moved that this opinion be made a
part of the record, which was done.
Supervisor Clother then moved that the chair ap-
jx)int a special committee to check up the -fees of the
county judge. The chair appointed Supervisors Clother,
Smith, Schure and Wilson.
This special committee reported the next day, Jan-
uaryl3, 1911, as follows:
' ' We your special committee appointed to make
settlement with County Judge Ratterman in the
matter of marriage ceremonies fees for the
years 1908, 1909 and 1910, beg leave to report
that we checked up said fees earned for said
years and herewith submit th following report :
"We find that for the year 1908 there were
performed thirty marriage ceremonies at three
dollars each, making a total of ninety dollars;
but on the final settlement for said year, said
fees earned in the county judge's office did not
exceed the limit allowed by law, the ninety
dollars above referred to being added to the
same and for said year 1908 there was no sur
plus fees to return in said matter.
"For the year 1909 there were performed
thirty-seven marriage ceremonies at three dol
lars each, making a total of $111, and for the
year 1910 there were forty-five marriage cere
monies at three dollars each making a total of
"This being a total for the years 1909 and
1910 of $246, for which amount county trea
surer's receipt is attached."
Now doesn't it seem to you, honestly, that an hon-
The democrats are so desperate in their fear of the
election of a few republicans to county office that they
are resorting to all sorts of ridiculous stories, confining
themselves principally the candidates for county treasur
er. They dare not attempt to atone for the carelessness
of Judge Ratterman, for the record is there, too plain to
be disputed, and the cause was so apparent that even the
democratic county board felt that something must be
One of these stories is to the effect that in cas of
the election of Daniel Schram, that Frank Schram is to
be his deputy. There is absolutely nothing to the story.
In fact Frank Schram now has a position that he could
not think of sacrificing for the salary paid by this office.
We have this on the authority of Mr. Schram himself,
who assures us that the denial cannot be made to strong.
Another feature that shows the utter despair of Mr.
Heuer and his assocaties the plea they are making that
he is a poor man, while Mr. Schram is well-to-do in the
matter of this world's goods. Never a poorer argument
could be made. The mere fact that Mr. Schram has
made a success of his business career ought to appeal to
every man as an evidence that the county business would
be equally well cared for. We do not believe that the
people will take kir.dly to the argument that the world
or any portion thereof owes a living to any man.
Here in the United States we have no such thing as
a life job in public service, except in Federal judicial
nositions. and even that seems to be doomed. Don't
get into the notion that because a man appeals to you
for your vote on the strength of having lived off of you
for a dozen years that you still owe him a living. Try
a man who has made good in his own work once, and see
how it goes.
TO THE RESCUE
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A vote for Gideon Braun for county superintendent
is a vote for a young man who knows Platte county
conditions thoroughly, and whose every interest is in
Platte county. Having lived here practically all his
life, and always wide-awake, he is in touch with con
ditions, and having devoted his experience largely to the
rural schools with which he will have mostly to deal,
he will be in position to do more for the rural schools
and teachers than one whose experienice has not been
Mr. Voter, you will make no mistake in casting
your ballot for John Hayes for county clerk. He does
not appeal f r your vote on the ground of having been
your beneficiary through years of public support, but
rather because of having the necessary qualifications for
the position, and because he will earn his salary by sav
ing a part of what is now paid for clerk hire.
There has been some complaint made about the pra
ctice of one or two automobile drivers who occasionally
drive their machines down the street with but one lamp
burning. A serious collision was narrowly averted one
night last week on account of carelessnes in this matter.
It is much easier to light two lamps than it would be to
repair the damages that might result from a single light.
The Tribune Printing Company
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nas, Articles of Agreement, Chattel
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These are carried in stock. Remem
ber, you don't have to go to the both
er of having them printed to order -if
you go to the Tribune shop. They
are already for you at any time.
Some of the parents of the boys of the city have
asked us to call attention to the practice of selling cigar
etts to boys, which prevails to some extent here as else
where. Any boy is liable to arrest for smoking cigar
ettes, and may be released on furnishing the information
as to where he received them, whether bought or given
to him. This act applies not only to manufactured cigar
ettes, papers as well. The school board will also be
asked to take hold of the matter and assist in stamping
out the evil.
Hon. C. W. Poole, of Tecumseh, editor of the Journal-Tribunal,
of that city, speaker of the Nebraska house
of representatives in 1909, and who was defeated for
secretary of state last year by less than a hundred major
ity, was in the city Monday. Mr. Poole is a candidate
for the democratic nomination for governor for next
spring's primaries, and is very popular in his home district.
About a year ago W. D. Oldham came to Columbus
to tell what a renagade Mr. Bryan was to oppose the
election of the democratic candidate for governor. To
morrow evening, Mr. Bryan will be here to tell what
a magnficent man Mr. Oldham is, and why he should be
placed on the supreme bench. How forgiving! Or is
Some taxpayers always read the official proceedings
of the county board; some occasionally do; some, never.
We hope not one will fail to read the record of the meet
ing last week when it shall be published.
We are not generally superstitious, but it seems
strange that so many people should find themselves in the
coil's of the law within three or four days before or af
ter Friday, the 13th.
ON THE REPUBLICAN SIR
From Headquarters Republlsaa
Statu Centra Committee,
C. C. JOHN'S, Xuagtr Publicity Bara
If republicans are to be successful
In too presidential campaign next
year they must elect the full state
ticket this year.
It seoras to be the Intention of the
democrats to try to elect their Btate
ticket this fall by cnslo:.vorlng to
create discord in the republican ranks
rather than by presenting the merits
of their candidates.
The Nebraska law Insuring Inspec
tion and uniform tests In dairy prod
ucts a republican measure benefits
both country ana city folks. It is
another example of what has been
dono by the republican party.
When prominent democrats Ie
nounce their party nominee as hav
ing been a pass distributer and cor
poration tool, does it not appeal to
you that it is rather a wise policy to
vote for the republican candidate for
that particular office?
No Delay. No Special Orders
No Special Cost for Printing
The republican partp has been the
party to accomplish things in Ne
braska for the real benefit of the peo
ple. For instance the two-cent pas
senger rate law, the anti-railroad pass
law, the direct primary law, legisla
tion reducing express rates and
many other good laws that have re
sulted directly to tho benefit of Ne
braska. Vote with the party that has
done so much for the Btate.
Republicans believe in a fair, im
partial judiciary of the highest order,
and they had that in mind when they
chose their party nominees from tho
candidates at the primary. They
were not named by a convention eon
posed of a few men, but by the TOtea
of a majority of all the republicans la
The republican party has Bare
money for Nebraska tax payers. Look
at the legislative appropriations, as
taken from the reports of the state
auditor. The total amount of appro
priations made ay the 1907 legislature
(republican), was $4,367,257.31. Two
years later the democratic legislature
Increased that nearly a inilKon dollars
and appropriated .15,203.754.19. Th
last legislature (democratic) went
still higher and the appropriations
reached a total of $6,184,563.71. This
increase of nearly two million dollars
under democratic management ia four
years certainly has not reduced your
taxes. The republican party stands
for economy and efficiency. Its rec
ord bears out tho statement
What assurance does Mr. Bryant
wish to give the republicans who aej
ia asking to support tho democratic?
ticket this fall? Does he wish us toi
believe that ths democrats will re-'
turn the favor and support the repub-:
lican nominee at the next election?!
Or is his motive a purely selfish oaej
of asking these republicans to desert
their party ranks to assist the deaso-!
crats this fall? Does Mr. Bryan feel
that it is only with the aid of repub
lican votes that his party can be vic
torious this yeart The final analysis1
of Mr. Bryan's speeches is simply,
this: He wants republicans to vote
with the democrats this fall, so that
the democratic ticket may be elected
and the republican party disrupted be
yond the hope of making a suceesatal
fight la ths presidential rssspeiga,!
In reference ts the recent speeches
of Mr. Bryan, the Beatrice Express re
marks: "Mr. Bryan, who was nstru
mental In the swallowing of the popu
list party by ths democrats. Is appar
ently anxious ts repeat tho perform
ance, using tho progressive republic
ans as victims this time. Ia his Beat
rice speech he was very insistent that
tho progressive republicans vote tho
democratic ticket this year as a re
buke to the stand-pat element of tna
republican party. He had it figured out
that such action on the progressives
part would greatly strengthen their
cause next year, though he didn't ex
actly explain his process of reasoning
in arriving at the conclusion. Hs
urged progressiva republicans to de
sert their ticket and help the demo
crats elect such men as Harman. can
didate for railway commissioner,
though it is pretty generally under
stood that Harman is the candidate
or the railroads and that they are
backing his caadldacy, a condition ab
horrent to all Nebraska progressive
If Mr. Bryan Is working for progros
without regard to party, as he claims.
he is taking a mighty queer position
when he makes such proposals to the
progressive republicans. He would
have them sacrifice the progressives
on the republican ticket in Nebraska
this year, simply as a means of re
venge on tne sianu-pauers waita
would be a poor method of convincing
the country that they are fighting for
Men who bars seen tested and have
made good are on the republican
tickets this year aad they are eati
tied to tho hearty support of every
At the republican state convention)
the amendment to the state plat
formthat the republicans of Ne
braska get together and stay together
was unanimously adopted; and
since that time the rank and file have
been doing that very thing, notwith
standing report from tho domoeratlo
camp to the contrary.
Lost a gold g Id hat-pin, Persian
setting, between Lutheran church and
Ninth street on September 17. Find
er please leave at this office and re
Tradition of Mother thisten.
Of all Brlrk prophets Mother Ship
toa Is beyond doubt the most cele
brated. She was, In fact, all that a
prophet and witch should be. in
strange contrast to the serious and
scientific nostradamns. The day she
wa born the sky becanae dark and
gloomy and. according; to her biogra
pher, "belcht oat nothing for an hour
bat flames, thundering after a most
bldeous manner." Her personal ap
pearance, described by her admiring
biographer In 1GG2. te.scarcely flatter
ing: "Her physiognomy was so mis
shapen that It is altogether Impossible
to express fully In words or for the
most Ingenious to line her In colore.
though many persons of eminent quali
fications in that line have often at
tempted it. but without suecess."
Up and Downs.
Not every statesman takes his dis
missal with the humor of the Due
d'Epcrnon. who. fell into disgrace with
Henry of Navarre. Descending one
day the great staircase of the Louvre,
he met Richelieu ascending It. and on
the cardinal asking indifferently If
there was anything new taking place
DEpernon replied. "Nothing, except
that, as you see. I am going dowu and
you are going upr Mr. Blouudelle
Burton tells the story in "The Fate of
Henry of Navarre."
"Mike, didn't you have some trouble
when you landed at New York?"
"Drvil a bit. sor."
"You hadn't any password admitting
you to the country, had you?"
"No. sor, but before 1 had Iwen in
the country tin days I had the grip."
Net Always Desirable.
"Shall we advertise for a man with
"Well. I don't know. The last man
bad so much experience that we
couldn't teach him anything." Pitts
Warranted Not to Fail.
Doctor Your wife needs outdoor ex
ercise more than anything else. Hus
band But she won't go out. What am
I to do? Doctor Give her plenty of
money to shop with.
Knew All About It.
"Do any perquisites come in your way
at the office?" "Not much they dou't
We have a husky janitor who throws
them kind of folks out." Baltimore
Cuffs and the Laundress.
Why are laundry women the most
forgiving of their sex? Because the
more cuffa you give them the more
they will do for you.
Meet me at the Owl dance
"Critics are line chaps," said an Eng
lish actor, "but I must confess that
when they condemn your play you feel
" 4I wonder why we call the people
n thn inn nf thfi llOUSe COdS?' Un UC-
tress asked an unsuccessful playwright
" We do that the unsuccessful play
tvright answered, 'so as to distinguish
them from the people in the bottom of
the house who write the criticisms. "
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E. H. REED
Eleventh Street Columbus, Nebr.
An actor and a retired army man
were discussing the perils of their re
"How would you like to stand with
shells bursting all round you?" the
"Well," replied the actor, "it depends
on the age of the egg."
Friend And were you ever In Ven
ice? Mr. Ricbnuick Yes. Slowest
town I was ever in. The sewers were
busted all the time we were there!
A Warm Welcome.
Saplelgh Arc you positive that Miss
Cutter Is not In? The Maid Yes, sir.
I'd lose my Job If I wasn't Boston
Wanted A girl for gen
eral housework. LGerrard,
420 Wert 16th St
168 DAYS "ON TIME"
A strong factor in the making of a commonwealth is reliable mail service. It
will interest Western people to know something about the regularity of Bur
lington trains between Chicago and the west.
CHICAGO-OMAHA FAST MAIL No. 7: The original fast mail train west
of Chicago. .The last date in 1911 this train reached the Missouri River late
was March 16th (six minutes late). Since that date, to and including Aug
ust 31st (the latest date given for comparison) a period comprising one
hundred and sixty-eight consecutive days, this train has arrived "on time"
and has been operated 82,992 miles more than three times the distance
around the world.
CHICAGO-OMAHA FAST MAIL No. 15: An exclusive mail and express
train, scheduled at forty-five miles per hour, arrived at Missouri River
thirty-one days in August "on time." This train has arrived "on time"
every day from May 15th to August 31st inclusive a period of one hundred
and nine consecutive days.
CHICACO-NEBRASKA LIMITED No. 5: Arrived at Missouri River "on
time" during August, twenty-eight days out of thirty-one; total number of
minutes late twenty-five, average loss eight-tenths of a minute per day.
CHICAGO-OMAHA-DENVER EXPRESS No. 3: Arrived at the Missouri
River "on time" during August twenty-nine days out of thirty-one; total
number of minutes late twenty-five, average loss eight-tenths of a minute
Such precision in operating fast trains is possible
only with ample power, perfect mechanism, a perfect
roadbed and a highly developed organization.
L. W. WAKELY, General Passeicer Agent,
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