The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, April 05, 1900, Page 6, Image 6

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    specialty of the study of the diseases of
the miud than to bo placed at the mercy
of aii incompetout , who owes his appoint
ment to political service in behalf of the
appointive power.
The present standard of recognition
bars the appointment of first-class
medical talent as the work of a
physician devoted to his profes
sion prevents any activity in ward
politics. Until the state appreciates the
necessity for the appointment of special
ists , the present deplorable condition in
state institutions will continue. When
an individual is sick he employs to
attend him some one who has made a
special study of medical science and
practice and does not take into account
his qualifications as a blacksmith , or his
standing as a political leader in the
community. So it is with hospitals and
asylums under private ownership , the
highest order of medical ability and
medicinal care is secured for the patient.
The state could maintain the dependent
at private institutions at less cost and at
the same time secure for them better
and more intelligent treatment than
under the present system of state owner
ship and control.
The reduction of
AVAR REVENUE. the war taxes is
being agitated.
The surplus is from eight to ten millions
a month. Experience teaches that it is
best to collect no more by taxation than
the legitimate expenses of government
w * require. Otherwise a surplus fund is
created , either to accumulate in the
vaults of the treasury and thus with
drawn from circulation or to be placed
in banks to be used at a profit to them.
There is another greater objection to the
accumulation of a surplus , viz. , the
temptation it affords enterprising con
gressmen to indulge their extravagant
fancies by reckless appropriations for
public buildings and improvements.
The average congressman is not
genuinely contented until adequate ar
rangements have been made for the
withdrawal of every dollar of available
cash from the treasury. Arrangements
will probably be made to leave the sur
plus with the people instead of placing
it where it is in constant danger of a
raid by ambitious statesmen.
KAGGERS.Political excitement
ment in Kentucky
continues at a high pitch. The feeling
is very intense on both sides because of
the arrest of several of the republican
state officers , charged with complicity
in the alleged plot to assassinate Goebel.
Caleb Powers , secretary of state , after a
preliminary examination , was held
without bail to answer , at the next term
of court , to the charge of being a party
to the alleged conspiracy. The principle
witness of the state is Wharton Golden ,
ft republican and former political asso
ciate of Governor Taylor. Justus
Goebel , of Cincinnati , a brother of the
senator , has been active in the prosecu
tion. Because of his activity and the
authority he is alleged to have arrogated
to himself , the republicans are protesting
against what they call the "carpet bag"
government , they accuse Goebel of
attempting to establish and have ap
pealed to the president for assistance.
In 1805 the shoe was on the other
foot. The republicans , in reconstruct
ing the southern states , took the govern
ment out of the hands of the people and
placed it in charge of northern adven
turers , temporarily sojourning in the
South ; hence the appellation , "carpet
bagger. " If Kentucky is now inflicted
with this kind of government , the re
publicans have slight cause for com
plaint as they established the precedent.
The final lecture of the Beatrice
Literary Club lecture course for this
season was given last evening at the
Paddock the theme "Tho
, being Begin
nings of a State , " and the lecturer J.
Sterling Morton , of Nebraska City. The
usual splendid audience that has ever
greeted the numbers of this course , was
present and the entertainment was
worthy of the man , and the occasion.
The address was replete with historical
incident and will prove a valuable con
tribution to the historical literature of
Nebraska. It was the story of the
beginning of Nebraska. He traced its
beginning from the cradle of the Corsican -
sican Napoleon Bonaparte and from the
cradle of Thomas Jefferson in the east
ern shadows of the Alleghauies. The
first became the first consul of France in
the dawn of the nineteenth century and
as the autocrat of France , sold that vast
domain known to the world as Louis
iana to the United States for $15,000-
000 , thus opening out an empire three
times larger than the territory then
owned by the United States , to the
enterprise and resistless energy of the
giant young republic. It was Thomas
Jefferson who negotiated and made the
purchase , and but for the fact that these
two greatest of men were born , the his
tory of the world would have been
different and the destiny of this repub
lic far different than its present. Thus
were Jefferson , the author of the declar
ation of independence , the founder and
originator of the plan of government for
the republic , and Napoleon Bonaparte ,
closely identified with the beginnings of
Nebraska. Beatrice Express.
His lecture was the best address of the
season's course , and was listened to
throughout with the closest attention
and interest. His pictures of early days
in the territorial life of our state , and of
the unique and picturesque characters
of many of its early founders and the
personal worth and talents of many of
its law makers , wore a matter of per
sonal knowledge and recollection by Mr.
Morton , as he was one of its first citizens
and assisted in all of its formative
He contrasted in vivid language the
methods in government of those early
days of frugality and official honesty
and integrity , with the later days of
peculation and extravagance and dis
honest politics , picturing the degeneracy
of the body politic in this the beginning
of the twentieth century in words full
of strength and feeling.
Mr. Morton is not an apologist for any
of the modern chicanery in party politics ,
and he is a bitter and relentless foe to
any of the latter day vagaries of the
political demagogue , and his emphatic
stand upon those points in his address
last night elicited the heartiest applause
from an audience strongly in sympathy
with his fearless and manly position
upon these issues. Beatrice Times.
J. Sterling Morton did a gener
ous act today by announcing to the
Beatrice lecture club that he intended
donating his services rendered by last
night's lecture to the club. He learned
that the proceeds of the lecture course
were being devoted to the public library
and this fact was what prompted his
generous offer which was highly appre
ciated by the management , as well as it
will be by the public. State Journal.
To Senator Redfield Proctor of Ver
mont must be accorded the credit of
placing the folly , bad faith and peril of
the Porto Rico tariff bill before the
senate in its true light. In plain and
homely phrase he brushed aside all the
pleas of necessity , precedent and gener
osity that have been invented to excuse
the fatal and mysterious change in the
republican policy. He recalled the
promise of General Miles , the solemn
invocation of Secretary Root , the un
equivocal message of President McKinley -
ley and the original free trade bills of
the senate and house , and expressed his
amazement that
' 'Presto ! without notice or apparent
reason , these bills had boon laid aside
and a bill reported levying a tax upon
Porto Rico exports and imports. "
These few words dismiss into the
limbo of false pretense all the claims
and professions of Speaker Henderson
and other apologists for the volte face
that they possess exclusive and superior
reasons justifying the change of front.
If any man in Washington is in a posi
tion to know the facts Senator Proctor
is that man. He has been in touch with
the administration in regard to these
insular affairs from the beginning.
From the day when his speech aroused
the American conscience to the necessity
of putting an end to the abomination of
Spanish rule in Cuba the American
people have reposed peculiar confidence