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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 11, 1973)
Americans have a habit of canonizing those
who have left office. When Harry Truman
retired it was the first step toward the
sainthood he has achieved since. Lyndon
Johnson's retirement and recent death have
been followed by the whispering hints of
corning herodom. And now Vice President
Spiro Agnew has retired.
His resignation probably will lead to his
eventual political beautification. He was
admired for his straight forward manner and
his rock 'em, sock 'em rhetoric. He became
the voice of the forgotten man in our society,
urging a return to a simpler, more quiet time.
And he was dishonest.
The speeches and phrases which have made
him famous are now turning back on him. He,
who demanded that the courts stop "coddling
criminals," is now himself being coddled. He
has been sentenced to a three-year probation
without supervision by U.S. District Judge
Walter E. Hoffman, a man who usually hands
out three-to five-month prison terms for tax
His shining phrases now ring with irony.
Wasn't he the same man who accused even
ministers of casting aside morality? Wasn't it
he who demanded that unlawful acts of some
college dissidents be fully punished?
Agnew's rhetoric and public performances
seldom helped Americans to understand each
other. His was a cry for a return to ignorance,
hate and fear. His speeches and criticism of
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student demonstrators rang of neo fascism.
He once attacked such persons, saying, "We
can afford to separate them from our society
with no more regret than we should feel over
disgarding rotten apples from a barrel." What
did he mean by "separate?" Concentration
No, Agnew should not be sainted. But he
will be missed. Perhaps those who will miss
him most will be the "radiclibs" and the
"impudent snobs" who were among his
favorite targets. After all, there is something
sad in watching your favorite sparring partner
leave the ring.
And it should bo hoped that his faults will
be remembered. For only by remembering
them can this nation's leaders hope to make a
better choice in filling the vice presidency.
Michael (O.J.) Nelson
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hi the; 185fh, u muii built d saloon on S.in
Francisco's Hiirtury Coast. It must hjvo b.-on u wild
anrJ exciting time, for yold h.jd hfi.Ti disc.ovi.'rcd in
California and money flowed lib; watci, Th: man
spared no expense, even laying a bar of solid marble
and hand carved wood, probably from England.
The Bartwry Coast was already lyinniny to
acquire the reputation it has since enlarged on.
Pirates, prosectors, gunmen, and longshoremen were
its residents, and they still are.
But the Gold Hush died and so did the man who
built 3 saloon. His marble and wood bar stayed on in
California, however. It traveled up and down the
coast, even to an ice cream parlor, until IsaU'lle
McMullin Ixoughf it to Lincoln in 1951.
She bought a building built in the 187Ch near the
corner of 11th and N Streets called the Bull Head
Tavern. The bar was installed and the Bull Head
became the Hob Nob. It's still there as it was in 1951
and it's easy to imagine it's much the same as it was
in the days of the Gold Mush.
Belli; isn't saying what it cost her. It's worth a lot
now, she'll admit, and besides, she isn't
That bar, with its mirrors and I. imps, is the Hob Nob
Which is not to suggest it's the only anliqui' in the
place. Both the grandfather clock against the west
wall and the Tiffany lamp above the bar ,ne ovei
ninety years old. And the building itself is a spectacle,
with its tin ceiling and aging hardwood walls.
But the m is the center of attention, a
master pjr.'ce of minors, marble, and hand carved
wood. Sitting at the bar one sees himself reflected
several time's in several mirrors, through some optical
effeet piob.jhly easily i'.planied but nonetheless
All but the center mirror are just as they were in
1850. The center mirror acquired a few bullet riolej
during some of the wilder days of the Barbary Coast
and has been replaced.
The lamps arc aui hc-nlic milk glass. As LJcllc puts
it, "You don't see that veiy much anymore." No,
Belle', you don't, and yon don't see handcarved
figuies of females in many restaurants anymore,
The",.- f 1 cjII' fl i:,iry.itirJs by students of
aichilccHte, .. soit 'if se.inlunctiorial : they holdup
an awiaiKj. Moc impoi i.antly, they reflect remarkable
confidence in some anonymous wood carver's skill.
You don't see th.:t at all ;tnyinoi ;.
What " ,ai ;.timutit:. to ', one mon; thing to do in
L incoln ,md, i! lonhim al th" p.r.t is worth doing, the
Hob Nob is a good pl.tc to do it It's one of those
places common in l-Jebiasl-a small towns, a blend of
reasonably piii'-d food, (ud Ix.-ei, and friendly
tfn. ir '.ri;iy or;iober 11, 1973
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