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VOL. III. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , DEC. 13 , 1900. NO. 23.
OFFICES : OVERLAND THEATRE BLOCK.
J. STERLING MORTON , EDITOR.
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THE JUDICIARY. .
known as a state
which pays penuriously small salaries to
its judges. Nebraska is known also as a
state which has made a judicial record
not equal to that which it made as a
The first judges appointed to the ter
ritorial bench of Nebraska in 1854 by
First Judges. _ . _
Pierce were Fen-
ner Ferguson , Edward B. Hardin and
James Bradley ; the first from Michigan
the second from Georgia and the third
from Indiana. They were able , honest
men ; and better lawyers and more satis
factory jurists , than the elective system
has , on the average , furnished to the
state since its admission in March , 1867.
An appointed judge named to a senate
and by that senate confirmed and de-
, , creed commission-
Responsibility. , .
able , is a creature
of the executive and legislative branches
of the government. The president and
the United States senate , in the creation
of a federal judgeare directly responsible
to the people. And so in the state judi
ciary , if appointed by the governor and
confirmed by the state senate , the judge
is recognized as the creation of the ex
ecutive and the senators.
Whether good and able or bad and
ignorant , the responsibility of his being a
, jndge is fixed
Bad or Good. " . ° . ,
directly upon the
governor and the senators. They have
been elected to office from among the
most intelligent citizens of the state.
They have character and reputation to
uphold by discreet action or to destroy
by indiscretion. A governor and
a senate cannot afford to make a cheap
lawyer , an ignorant dishonest man , a
judge. Under the appointive system
The Omaha Bee to the contrary notwith
standing the people of Nebraska would
have a better judiciary than they have
ever experienced under the elective. Let
Nebraska have a new constitution.
If the new constitution will not give
us the appointive judiciary ; let it prescribe -
. , , scribe qualifica-
Lawyers to Vote. . . . . , ,
tious for those who
may vote for judges. Let lawyers only
vote if the judiciary is to remain elect
ive. In selecting a surgeon to take
charge of state institutions only doctors
of medicine and surgery should be con
sulted. In getting a bishop , the church
to which he belongs votes and not all
Now men are nominated in partisan
conventions and elected judges by parti-
, . . . , san votes. They
Ballot Catchers. . , , ,
are nominated fre
quently because they can carry the Irish
vote , the German or the Scandinavian
vote , or the saloons , or the churches , or
the packing houses and factories and
very seldom because they are famed for
a knowledge of the law or because they
are men revered for high character , in
tegrity of purpose and courage in de
fending justice. Now ballot catchers
are nominated. We need fewer judges
and better ones. We should have a state
judiciary equal in all good qualities ,
mental , moral and legal to the judiciary
of the federal government.
ernor Pillsbury ,
Ohas. R. Collins , associate justice of the
supreme court and several other able
and distinguished citizens declined the
appointment to the vacant senatorship ,
Governor Lind , the alleged democratic
governor , tendered the position to Ohas.
A. Towne , who accepted , as a trout
takes a fly , with a rise and a snap. This
is a certificate of his birth into that dem
ocracy which recently ran a populist for
the presidency. Minnesota now re
joices in a senator of freckled political
complexion. He has been a protection
republican , a free trade populist and a
Kansas City convention "What is it ? "
all in the same year.
"Speaking will begin" in the senate
as soon as Towne is admitted and it
will "be a Towne meeting" for "a com
parison of gifts of oratory" until his
career is ended.
renewed in congress by the patriotic
dairymen who sell creamery butter only.
These cow-worshipers who seek to pro
tect American tables and stomachs from
the incursions of any and all oleaginous
bread-spreaders except of their own
manufacture , are now as thick and
active about the halls of the capital at
Washington as fleas on a dog or bees in
a hive. They seek enactments which
shall tax butterine and oleomargarine so
strongly and highly that it cannot be
sold to the consumer at much less than
is benignantly charged for creamery
butter. They ask class legislation in
favor of butter and against all substi
tutes therefor. They demand domestica
tion of the protective tariff. Heretofore
we have been informed that the high
tariff duties were not paid by the con
sumers in the countries to which the
tariffed goods came , but by the foreigner
who sent them in. Now , if taxes are
put upon oleomargarine and bntterine
by congressional legislation for the real
purpose of keeping up the price of cow-
butter , will some one tell who , aside
from consumers , are to pay them ?
The substitutes should be sold under
their true names and not an butter. But
, . they ought to have
as much right to
artificial coloring or complexion as but
ter. And everybody who reads the
journals of the dairymen can observe
the "infinite variety" of coloring mater
ials advertised for and commended to
butter makers. Batter can make its
toilet and use complexion powders ; but
it is to be forbidden to oleomargarine or
butterine to enjoy similar luxuries.
It is mean and unconstitutional to tax
oleomargarine and bntterine merely to
help the butter
Mean. , .
makers. It is a
legislative outrage which puts an arti
ficial price upon the wholesome and
edible bread-greaser which plain people ,
commonly , in great oitiesuse. There is
no propriety and no patriotism in using
the power to tax for the purpose of en
riching one industry and impoverishing
another. The dairy lobby ought to be
kicked out of congress and butter sub
stitutes , properly and loudly labeled ,
thou prayest , thou
shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for
they love to pray standing in the syna
gogues and in the corners of the streets ,
that they may be seen of men. " Matt.
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