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VOL. i. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , OCTOBER 20 , 1898. NO. 15.
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.1. STERLING MORTON , Em-roH.
A .1OUHNA1. I1EVOTE1) TO THE DISCUSSION
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BEGIN AT HOMK.
HOMK.enthusiasts w h o
yearn to evangelize the world with the
civilization and Christianity of the
United States are morally and intellec
tually very near-sighted. They see with
distinctness distress and barbarism in
Cuba and their eyes penetrate the Phil
ippine Islands and discern the need of
the humanizing influences of the Amer
ican republic among the Malays and
other barbarians who inhabit them.
But it never , seemingly , occurs to these
philanthropists that here in the United
States there is a constant demand for
better civilization and better govern
ment. They never for a moment real
ize the fact that
ment in this Republic has not yet passed
the experimental stage. Nor do these
good altruists ever pause to consider that
the problem of "a government by the
people of the people , and for the people"
is only in process of solution but not
solved , and that it must be complicated
by the absorption of the savages and
barbarians whom they so long to bene
fit by our institutions.
Neither West Indian negroes nor the
native inhabitants of the Pacific Islands
are competent to become members of a
representative form of government
which must depend for its usefulness
and perpetuity upon the virtue and in
telligence of its people.
If some of these long-sighted and
far-away-reaching patriots would begin
their search for opportunities to Chris
tianize and properly citizenize human
beings among the coal strikers of Illi
nois and those who are shooting them as
though they were Spaniards their quest
would not b6 in vain. Until protection
to men , women and children who live
in Illinois and belong to either the em
ploying or the employed class has been
permanently secured as against mobs
and riots , citizens of the United States
may with modesty and moderation re
frain from attempting to govern out
While peaceable reservation Indians
in Minnesota are being unjustly driven
from homes which they have occupied
and improved for more than a genera
tion the government whioh permits
such inhumanity does not pose well as
the only proper agent to remedy the
ills which have fallen iipou the subjects
of Spain or of any other monarchy.
The old proverb , "Charity should be
gin at home , " formulates itself in every
thoughtful mind and deliberate patriot
ism everywhere ponders upon the policy
and propriety of the government of the
United States undertaking to act as
guardian and warder for all the unfor
tunate and oppressed of other nations
while it is yet unable to assure constant
and permanent justice and equality to
many of the unfortunate and unlaw
fully treated in Illinois , Minnesota and
other parts of the Federal Union.
I fie year eight-
DEMAND.eeu hundred and
mends were discovered in South Africa ,
at Griqualand , and during the ten years
succeeding that is between 1868 and
1878 more than sixty millions of del
lars' worth of these precious stones
were obtained in those diggings.
But the desire for diamonds abiding
in the hearts of women , and men , too ,
all over the civilized globe , evolved such
a universal and constant demand for
diamonds that their value made , if any ,
only an imperceptible decline.
Diamonds are not good to eat. Out
of diamonds no comfortable raiment
can be fabricated.
In disease diamonds have no curative
In troubles commercial , domestic or
industrial diamonds cannot be utilized
as a sedative or an alleviator.
Diamonds have no especial utility.
But the demand for diamonds ,
founded upon the universality of hu
man desire for diamonds creates the
value of diamonds. And there is no
consumption of diamonds any more
than there is a consumption of coined
gold or coined silver. Metallic money
and diamonds pass from one owner to
another , bestowing satisfactions in
greater or less degree upon all ; con
sumed by none. The advocates of the
free coinage of silver , in unlimited
quantities , at the ratio of sixteen to one ,
forget that there is no consumption of
coin and so everlastingly prate about
making a desire and a demand , by leg
islation , which shall cause a greater
consumption of silver bullion.
Wheii TIIE CONSERVATIVE
IS IT RIGHT FOIl
SERVATIVE C O 11 -
ALL TO IIAVK
KOUAL 1CIOI1TS ? templates the poli
tical equality of
which Thomas Jefferson had visions ,
doing its work at elections , in common
councils , state legislatures and the na
tional house of representatives and senate
the question , "is it right to have equal
rights ? " comes into view and demands
an honest answer.
Is it right that ignorance and vice
should have equal rights with intelli
gence and decency in forming the laws
by selecting law-makers for cities ,
states and the republic ?
Is it right to insist that in matters of
government the vote of vice and igno
rance shall equal the vote of virtue and
How can men conscientiously declare
that a government wherein the indolent ,
the intemperate , the vicious , the ignor
ant and the criminal classes have equal
rights with the industrious , the temper
ate , the decent , the intelligent and the
moral is a just government ?
How can public men proclaim on the
rostrum that such a government is mod
eled after divine teachings when every
body knows that the Ruler of the uni
verse according to modern theology ,
recognizes in thriftless , drunken and
wicked humanity only the right to bo
God does not govern manlund , visiting
the sins of the fathers xipon the children ,
oven to the third and fourth generation ,
by giving equal rights to all the good
and the evil alike and , possibly , there
fore , it may not be right , in human gov
ernments , to decree and secure equal
political rights to all classes of hu
Lovers of light literature are look
ing forward with pleasure to the appear
ance of Colonel Bryan's two new books :
"The Second Battle , or How to Get into
the Army , " and "The Rubber , or How
to Get out Again. "
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