The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, May 22, 1902, Image 1

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A Journal devoted to 1 ho discussion of political , ) r-sMUMnr-n i . c - . . _ , * . , _ . - . , .
economic and sociological questions. 1 FOUNDED BY J. STERLING MORTON.
Jfntcrcd at the postajjlcc at Nebraska CW..y , Neb. , as Second Class Matter , July SO , 1SOS.
Next week's issue of The Conserva
tive will be a memorial number to Mr.
Morton , containing only matter relating
to his life and death. With it , publica
tion of The Conservative will cease. It
will carry no advertisements. After the
present issue , therefore , advertising
contracts remaining in force will be
carried out by the semi-weekly edition
of our daily paper , which will also be
mailed to Conservative subscribers for
the remainder of their term. Any who
prefer will receive a cash refund instead ,
upon filing claim.
A number of requests for back numbers
of The Conservative having been re
ceived , notice is hereby given that such
applications will be honored as fully as
possible in the order in which they are
filed. Some early numbers are now ex
tremely scarce , and we cannot at pres-
B eut undertake to furnish complete sets ,
't although a limited number may be
available later.
Anew slang term
EXPRESSIVE has been coined ,
IF INELEGANT. and like many of
its land it is more
expressive than any more classic syn
onym. Just how the latest vulgarity ,
"knocker , " started would bo difficult testate
state , but its uses are many and it is a
really important addition to the conn-
try's store of slang.
It applies to the countryman who
curses any enterprising act of his coun
try , and whose vote is always cast
against anything that smacks of pro
It applies to the citizen of a munici
pality who is always ostensibly at work
for the interests of his city , but some
how manages to break two or three
breeching straps a year , without even
straining a stitch in collar or tugs.
It applies to the deacon who thinks
that if the old organ was good enough
for the old organist , it is good enough
or the new one , and to the lodge brother
who suggests that the leaky roof could
be allowed to leak until spring without
any material damage being done.
It applies most directly to the boy
who prays that the school nine will bo
beaten * because he was not chosen to
pitch , and the mature citizen who takes
his family out of town on the Fourth
because he was not selected as a fit per
son to fire off the anvil , lead the pro
cession , read the Declaration of Inde
pendence , or fill whatever position he
most covets.
Now that a liberal Omaha jurist has
decided that "puff" is a better word
than "advertise , " we suggest that in
his next finding ho introduce the word
"knocker" as far superior to "unenter
" "envious " " " "nar
prising , , "jealous ,
row , " or "disgruntled. "
From this week's Union ( Neb. )
Ledger we clip the following :
'Those who are disposed to work for
the advancement of their town can ac
complish but little if a few back-number
plodders spend their time criticising or
opposing every move that is made. "
And the disgusted editor of the Blue
Springs Sentinel clothes the sad thought
in this common-place raiment :
. "Some people have nothing else in
life to do but sit around in the way and
find fault with whatever someone else
is trying to do. "
Other editors from week to week tell
the sad old story in the same sad old
way. How much more luminous their
idea would be could they , backed by
judicial authority , rise to remark :
"This bloomin' town is full of knock
ers ! "
Without one
THE SAME word having been
OLD STORY. uttered against it ,
loaded down with
the hearty approval of every business
or professional man who has acquainted
himself with its provisions , the proposed
Post check currency has failed in com
mittee , where the bankers who could
not muster one argument against it , to
be offered through the press or upon the
platform , made some silent but signifi
cant gestures , which completely con
vinced the members of the committee
that the scheme is "unavailable. " '
Business men and farmers should
take good care that future representa
tives should know that a scheme is
"available" when the people favor it ,
and the class with which it competes
can find nothing to say against it.
To sum up the matter , the Post check
having been proven to be a good thing ,
and having been given the unreserved
endorsement of brainy men in all walks
of life , has , of course , been defeated in
Of course the campaign will bo con-
tinned , as any movement so generally
supported cannot fail to succeed eventu
ally , despite the machinations of the
bankers , powerful as they are. Public
sentiment will in due course of time
dispose of the present deformed method
of transmitting wealth , just as it in due
course of time disposed of the pillory
and the ducking stool , and it is to be
hoped that congress will "come out of
it" in time to pass this beneficent law
over the protest of a committee which
until it offers some explanation of its
extraordinarily pre-emptory refusal to
endorse the Post check , must rest under
the suspicion of having been "per
suaded" in the way well known to any
haunter of the capitol corridors.
The Oakland Eu-
THE WATER CURE , qu i r e r reiterates
the statement that
there is nothing new under the sun , and
fishes forth this story of an eye witness
to the torture of a suspect , which took
place in Paris in 1651 :
"In this agonie , confessing nothing ,
the executioner with a home ( just such
as they drench horses with ) stuck the
end of it into his mouth , and poured
the quantity of two bouketts of water
down his throat and over him , which so
prodigiously swelled him , as would
have pitied and affrighted any one to
see it ; for all this , he denied all that
was charged to him. They then let
him downe , and carried him before a
warme fire to bring him to himself , being -
ing now to all appearance dead with
paine. " >
It will be noted that the water cure
was only resorted to after other means
had failed. It will be also noted that
this account varies from modern As
sociated Press descriptions of this tor
ture , only in the quaint spelling and
wording of the article.
A careful study of
STRETCHED , the market reports
is sufficient to con
vince any reasonable person that the
umbilical cord which binds wheat
and silver together can bo made of
nothing but the best and most elastic
grade of India rubber.