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VOL. III. NEBRASKA CITY NEB. THURSDAY JAN. 3 1901. NO 26.
OFFICES : OVERLAND THEATRE BLOCK.
J. STERLING MORTON , EDITOR.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE DISCUSSION
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Neb. , as Second Class matter , July 20th , 1898.
OFFERINGS.Before the as-
the candidates for the United States
senate will soon lay down their offer
ings. Each one will catalogue the labors
and achievements in behalf of the com
monwealth which he has efficiently and
successfully accomplished. Not one
will , of course , claim that he should be
elected because of mere partisan service.
No one will aspire to the senatorship
except for the purpose of conferring
honor upon the best citizenship of the
state through a conscientious and faith
ful devotion to the duties which a
senatorship imposes. It is not really a
question as to how much the state has
done to honor the aspirant. It is truly
a question as to what and how much
the aspirant has achieved to develop the
material , intellectual and social con
dition of the state. Shall the state honor
a man or a man honor the state ? Shall
the office be exalted by a strong and
splendid character or an inferior and
gross character be elevated to critical
prominence by the office ?
Among all the
A HIT IN WIT.
ers at the populistic-fusion banquet
recently given at Lincoln in honor of
the populist presidential candidate , Hon.
David Overmeyer of Kansas made the
most fun. Facetiousness is as natural
to Dave as scales are to fish ; and Mark
Twain was never drpller than Dave
when , without a suggestion of a smile ,
but with the solemnity of a nigger
preacher at a funeral , he lugubriously
designated "Lincoln as the place toward
which , through all the future , the eyes
of faithful democrats will ever be turned
as a Mecca , 'for here is the home of the
. ' "
Sub-stomachic , inter-diaphragm roars
of laughter were suppressed with diffi
culty. However , no "prophecies" of
1896 were exhibited before the hilarious
roysterers , who relished the joke better
than a populist does office , a fish water ,
or a Keutuckian old Bourbon. Thus an
explosion of glee , a cyclone of cachinnation -
nation and a whirlwind of laughter
were miraculously averted. But it was
funny , not only as to the peerless
prophet of populism , but it was reek-
ingly ridiculous as to Moses , Isaiah and
other obsolete dealers in forecasts of
coming events , of finances , of elections
and of the fusions , delusions and con
fusions of politics. It was a hit of wit
on the part of Mr. Overmeyer and it
shone at that Lincoln banquet like a
diamond set in a brickbat.
KERR.come out from In
diana by the name of Kerr , and the
manner in which he discriminates in
favor of democrats who supported a
populist candidate for the presidency in
1900 and against democrats who voted
for a republican candidate the same
year , is keenly logical. A deliverance
denunciatory of democrats who stood
for the gold standard , for obedience to
the mandates of the federal courts and
for the right of the executive to put
down mobs and riots with federal sol
diers when Altgeld democracy fused
with the law-breakers made at a ban
quet given in honor of the Sioux Falls
nominee for the presidency , was per
fectly proper. And the further aver
ment by the same soothsayer that the
ragtag and bobtail of populism , fused
with the silver-crazed sixteen-to-oneites ,
will continue to praise and exalt the
money fallacies and their chief exponent
as long as their precious lives are con
tinued , is not out of place. But the
jubilatory and hilarious portions of the
exultant Dr. Kerr , when he recounted
the triumphs of Bryanarchy in the cam
paign of 1900 , called to mind the young
physician who , reporting to his pre
ceptor his first accouchement case , de
clared it a perfect success ; and upon
being questioned as to particulars re
luctantly admitted that the baby died ,
and then that the mother died , and then
triumphantly declared : "But we saved
the old man I"
land'did not vote
for Mr. McKinley at the election of
November 6 , 1900 , nor at any other
time. And Colonel Bryan did not vote
for Cleveland in 1892 nor at any other
time , so far as heard from. General
Weaver , the populist candidate for the
presidency in 1892 , received the earnest
and oratorical support of the gentleman
who , in 1896 , succeeded General Weaver
as the candidate of populism for the
chief magistracy of the republic.
Schiller said : "Votes ought to be
weighed , not counted ; " and if this
recommendation were adopted in the
United States the votes of ignorance and
party prejudice would be found , some
times , largely in the majority. The
weight of the ballot ought to accord
with the weight of thought and charac
ter which cast it , and thus there might
be a ratio established , by which a stand
ard of citizenship could be instituted.
Then the ballots of non-reading , non
thinking people , who are governed by
demagogic leaders and by passions ,
might each be given one-sixteenth of the
power conferred upon the ballot of an
educated citizen. Thus ignorance would
be , as silver to gold , and sixteen ounces
of its votes would equal one ounce of
the ballots of wise patriotism.
The Atlanta Constitution
J. H. ECKELS.
stitution is amus
ing itself by showing how little it knows
or cares about the reputation of publio
servants who have led decent and
admirable lives. In this line of sport it
pitches into J. H. Eckels who was a
successful and promising lawyer at
Ottawa , Illinois , before Mr. Cleveland
made him comptroller of the currency.
And in this latter position he developed
a power of analysis , an aptitude for
business and an executive ability that
elicited praises even from his political
enemies. After four years of useful
service to the United States he was
acknowledged to be one of the best
authorities upon the laws of banking in
this country. Therefore the Commercial
National Bank of Chicago elected him
its president and made him the official
conservator of vast monetary interests.
Hence the wrath and tears of some
malcontent who , upon a meagre weekly
stipend , sheds slanders for the Atlanta
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