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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 7, 1899)
As , long ago , that home-returning baud
Of Greeks , victorious o'er outuuinboriug foes ,
The last hard niouutaiu won , saw sweet repose
Aud safety ou the distaut oceau straud ;
So ho at last attained what ho had plauued ,
Triumphaut over hate aud ouvy rose ,
Aud saw admittance to the seats of those
Most honored of our nation , in his hand.
But rest and ease were not for him to ask ;
He would be building still with them that build ;
He sought the cross , now that he had the crown.
And as ho dressed him to his lofty task ,
With manhood's aspiration unfulfilled ,
Death stretched a grisly hand and struck him down.
United States Senator-elect Monroe Leland
Hay ward died at Nebraska City on the morn
ing of Tuesday , December 5,1809 , aged 59 years.
Ho was born at "Willsboro , Essex county , New
York , December 22,1810.
Senator Hayward's youth was spout
on a farm. He received a common-
school education , and was also permitted
to attend seminaries of learning and
select schools at intervals. He made
the best possible use of all his advantages.
Early in 1801 he enlisted in the 22d
New York Volunteer Infantry. In
October of that year , however , he
became a member of the 6th New York
Cavalry. With that he served in the
Shenaudoah Valley during the summer
of 1862. He did special courier service
for General Banks during that year and
also participated in each of the battles
of the Banks-Jackson campaign.
In the autumn of 1802 his health was
completely broken down. Therefore ho
was discharged from the army and re
turned to civil life. Then he commenced
the struggle for completing his education
and also entered upon the study of law.
By teaching district schools and by
manual labor he subsisted himself and
became a student at Fort Edward Insti
tute , remaining until he graduated with
honor. He worked his way through
college by teaching mathematics , by
book-keeping and by strenuous efforts ,
manual and mental. Self-reliance and
self-denial made him sturdy and efficient.
Directly after graduating he began , at
Fort Edward , N. Y. , in the office of
Judge Wait , to read law. He subse
quently completed his legal studies at
Whitewater , Wis. , and was admitted to
the bar in 1807. Then he located per
manently at Nebraska City.
Senator Hay ward , from the beginning
to the end of his useful life , carriec
determination and persistent industry
into all his enterprises and undertakings.
Every task which confronted him was
tackled with a persistent pluck that
could result only in achievement.
The citizens of Nebraska Oity , Otoe
county , and the state have honored him
by assigning him to various positions o :
trust and responsibility. He was a
member of the board of education for
this city. Ho was a delegate in the Oon
stitutional convention of 1875. He was
nany times chairman of the republican
In private and domestic life he was a
model of fidelity , industry and temper
ance. His love of home and family
'which is primary patriotism ) was only
equaled by his love of his country aud
In 1898 he was chosen by the republi
can party of the state as its candidate
tor the position of governor. He made
a strong and very effective canvass ,
speaking in nearly every organized
county of the commonwealth. The
labors then performed did much to
undermine his robust and powerful
Being defeated by Governor Poyuter ,
ho at once became , by pressure of his
friends and admirers , the candidate of
the republican party for a place in the
United States senate , and was , after
many ballots , finally chosen to that
honorable position by the legislature of
Nebraska in March 1809.
It seems cruel that just as a man has
entered upon a field of usefulness and
eniiuouce towards which his ambition
and efforts have long been directed , he
should be stricken down and all the
hopes of his friends shattered. His
death , deplored by family , friends and
neighbors as a personal sorrow and ir
reparable loss , is a state and national
His steady fidelity to those principles
of finance which alone can give an un
fluctuating purchasing power to Ameri
can currency would have made him a
prominent and efficient member of the
But "Death opens the gate of Fame
and shuts the gate of Envy after it. "
The funeral will transpire at 2 p. m. ,
Thursday , Dec. 7 , from the residence ,
and the burial will bo at Wyuka ceme
JOHN M. FORBES. ,
biography is so
adulatory that the real character of its
subject is completely concealed or dis
guised. But the biography of John
Murray Forbes , by his daughter , Mrs.
Hughes , is a splendid exception to the
rule. The style is terse , clear and
attractively simple. There is no
biography bettor , written during the
year 1899 , audit is valuable for the
lessons hi the worth of absolute honesty
combined with intelligent industry and
unwavering courage. TIIE CONSERVA
TIVE commends the biography of John
M. Forbes , by his daughter , to the
teachers of the youth and to the pur
chasers of books for the public libraries
of the United States. Mr. Forbes was a
great man. Big in brain , gigantic in
industry and generous of heart. His
life illuminates the glories , the benefi
cent labors of patriotic private lifo and
the possibilities offered to all who , like
him , love their homo , their family , their
country 1 THE CONSERVATIVE will at
times quote extensively from this
KCONOMY. To save expense
and retain cash in
the hands of the plain people with
which they can allure themselves into
voting a fusion presidential ticket in
1900 the Chicago platform folks should
not call a national convention.
There is no need of it. The nomina
tion of Bryan is already declared. Let
him now ratify the late Texas candi
dature for the vice-presidency and go
the whole hog.
The platform of 1890 , according to
Colonel Bryan , is a platform for all
time and therefore there is no need of a
national fusion convention for 1900.
Where is Watson ? Where is Sewall ?
TUKKISYS. Mort 011 scolds
vigorously i 11 his
radical CONSERVATIVE because the
American people chop down so many
evergreens for Christmas trees each
year , and why does he sit idly by and
not raise a protest against the useless
and extravagant killing of turkeys-
each Thanksgiving anniversary ? "
Turkeys a hundred years old could
not be as useful , even to a boardinghouse -
house keeper as a pine tree of that age.
The parallel between a turkey and a
tree is evidently drawn by a goose
instead of a wasp.
tests against the
candidature of ox-Governor Hogg for
the vice presidency on the ticket with
Bryan , and nominates Col. Jack Ohinn
of Kentucky in his place.
To Nebraska this Kentucky nomina
tion is entirely unendurable , for in her
estimation there is "chin" enough in
the head of the ticket.
A single carload of gold ore recently
shipped from Deadwood to Denver
brought" returns of $85,000.
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