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VOL. i. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , FEBRUARY9 , 1899. NO. 31.
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A * lftSt TUE
CONSERVATIVE i s
permitted to congratulate the common
wealth upon the probability of the
speedy enactment of a code of sanita
tion for Nebraska. A bill for such an
, act is now before the legislature and we
are informed that its provisions for penalties -
| alties for its non-observance are strong
| and wholesome. It ought to make vac
cination compulsory. It should exclude
from the public schools all unvaccinated
children and youth.
Health is the first of all liberties , and
happiness gives us the energy which is
the basis of health , saith Amiel.
Every graduate of a reputable medical
college , now practising medicine in Ne
braska , should interest himself in this
vital legislation. It is important that
the best medical minds and the largest
medical experience in the state contri
bute to the perfection of the proposed
sanitary code of the state.
Why cannot the officers of the State
Medical society convene that body at
Lincoln for the purpose of discussing
and perfecting the proposed law ?
Any physician having a patient with a
contagious , infectious or communicable
disease and failing to promptly and
truthfully report the same to the local
board of health ought to be fined or im
prisoned. Possibly ho should be put in
jail and fined too.
Every reputable doctor in Nebraska
should be furnished a copy of the bill
now under consideration immediately
and the consensus of medical opinion as
to its merits should be ascertained at
once. It is important.
CHRISTIANS.and Christian people
ple our sympathies for the barbarians ,
savages and heathen of Cuba and the
Philippine islands are fomented until
they slop over.
We yearn to evangelize those op
pressed and downtrodden subjects of
Spanish misrule. We ore ready with
luminous examples of purity and pat
riotism to lead them up onto the heights
of modern statesmanship.
In Pennsylvania wo can show them a
paragon of civic virtue in Senator Quay
now seeking re-election , while wicked
indictments and merciless courts are
vainly threatening him with the state's
prison. There is no barbaric islander ,
no savage Malay chief who would not
soon learn to emulate the characteristics
and imitate the principal methods of
Senator Quay who is the incarnate con
science of the political tribe to which he
has so long given nutrition and vigor.
In California the cash-ou-delivery sys
tem of senatorial aspirants would like
wise attract and elevate the native West
Indiaumen and Filipinos towards the
teachings of our higher civilization and
very much ennoble their intellectual
and moral faculties. The generosity
and Christian charity with which the
Hon. U. S. Grant , jr. , distributed
twenty to thirty thousand dollars in
loans and gifts , among germinating law
givers of California during their candi
datures for the legislature would appeal
to the simple and childlike heathen of
the far-off islands very strongly in be
half of our highly-spiced patriotism. It
would allure to paths of peace and right
eousness even a cannibal.
The manner in which a member of
the Montana legislature , with great
dramatic effect , held aloft in his honest
right hand thirty thousand dollars in
new crisp bills , which , he said , had
been offered for the seduction of unso
phisticated and innocent gentlemen in
voting for a United States senator for
that copper-bottomed and silver-crowned
commonwealth would certainly charm
the barbaric hosts of "our greater
The general and almost universal talk
of United States senatorships , in several
states , to the highest bidder could but
impress the savages of all the islands
with the political ethics , which in the
United States , are now dominant and
triumphant. Never in all the nine
teenth century have morals in politics
been so luminous and fragrant. Never
before have the people of the United
States been in condition to so elevate in
morals , by example , all the tribes of the
nnsanctificd of the earth. Never before
could we "point with pride" to two
senators of the United States under in
dictment for the misappropriation of
public funds. Never before could wo
exalf ; for emulation of heathen such
splendid specimens of Christian civiliza
tion as Quay of Pennsylvania , Keuiioy
of Delaware , Stewart of Nevada , and a
few other incandescent samples of the
coruscating ethics now blazing in
American politics and statesmanship !
Poor heathen ! come in and bo regen
erated. Come in and , by contagion ,
take our civilization while by infection
you will become honest and moral.
" is always a
wonder to Ameri
cans whore the
Americans came from who employ the
speech that English travelers quote , in
the book they write after they get back
home. Major Sir Rose Price , who wont
hunting in the West two years ago with
General Coppinger of Omaha , has just
gotten his book on the market. Ho
tells with English gusto of an Ameri
can on the boat , coining over , whom he
heard say : "Guess he'll be a boss Brit
isher of sorts , anyhow. " Now there is
at least one American who is totally in
the dark as to the meaning of that
One is often struck , in the writings of
cultured Englishmen , with expressions
which an American , though he might
not take exception to them in current
speech , would never think of using in
writing for publication. "No end of a
lot of accidents , " "General Coppinger
and self" are such phrases , noticed in
the first few pages of Sir Rose's book.
And in describing the packing houses ,
he says the " squeak" is all that is wasted ,
whereas American pigs always squeal ,
Our English friends tell us that we
call rubber overshoes ( galoshes they are
in England ) gums , and that we make
ourselves ridiculous by speaking of wip
ing our gums on the door-mat. The
writer has never heard the articles
in question called anything but rubbers
by his countrymen , but here comes this
English major and speaks of borrowing
"a pair of gum boots. "
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