Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, March 01, 1877, Page 73, Image 13

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brought the musses of agriculturists to
gether, thereby quickening their .social
natures, and Instilling into their minds 11
spirit of association which can never he
erased. The farmers of the United Stales,
having been once incited to combine for
the piotcction of their interests, will never
cease to do so in the future, to a more or
less extent. The grange may pass away,
but its impress and its stimulus will ever
exist, and other combinations must inevi
tably take its place. There seems to be
no little antagonistic feeling prevailing
between capital nnd labor. From time
immemorial there has been more or less
jealousy on the part of the laboring classes
towards the wealthier classes. The old
Iloman censor, Outo, decried wealth as an
evil, ami no doubt it was in those days
when wealth accumulated in the hands of
a very few, and was used too frequently
for the aggrandizement of personal
schemes. The laborer and capitalist are
each dependent upon each other for pros
perity. It would be a serious detriment
to improvement, and consequently to the
country, if the wealth of the country were
equally divided among the people. Cap
ital must be combined to make great pub
lic improvements for the accommodation
of the people. Wo do not palliate the
oppression of the laborer by the capital
ist. They have been unjust to the laboier.
But the centralization of capital for
schemes of improvement is necessary to
the welfare of the country The employ,
ment of capital gives work to the laborer.
If Ncbaaska had more men of large cap
ital to build railroads, manufactories, and
industries of 'various kinds, to develop
her great resources, we would predict an
unparalleled career of prosperity for the
The word, combination, carries with it
to many an odious signification. The
mind at once reverts to many a wicked
combination ; the Credit Moblier and
other gigantic monopolies of the past take
possession of our minds, and political
rings and lobbies are combinations known
for their evil transactions. While we
have no encouragement to oiler to polil.
ical rings, we think the lobby almost an
indispensable necessity. While its inllu
ence has worked many an injury to pub
lic interests, it has its legitimate place.
Many a just measure would fail to pass
legislative bodies, were it not for the pres
sure brought to bear and the watchfulness
displayed by an honest lobby. There can
certainly be nothing improper for an indi
vidual, or a combination of individuals, to
place before each member of a legisla
live body the merits of a particular meas
ure. The abuse of the privilege, however,
gives the lobby its odium. We could not
but observe, (luring the last session of the
Nebraska Legislature, the little com
binations entered into by members 'v
particular portions of the State, and (In
consequent success which they attaii.ui in
securing the passage of bills. Members
from other portions of the state, less shrewd,
suffered the consequences of not adhering
together, by the defeat of measures which
would have been a benefit to their constit
uents. Combination, it will be seen, has its
proper sphere. When men are associated
together for improper purposes, it is gen
erally by combination against them that
their purposes are thwarted. Taking a
general view of the evils and good leault
ing from combination, we find that great
benefits result from the association of men
for thcaccompl!shmei!t of a praiseworthy
object. A. J.
CHAPTER IX, (concluded.)
The solar orb had just disappeared be
low its western portals, canopied with
crimson clouds, and darkness was fast
gathering around. Mrs. Abbott, becom
ing weary both in mind and body, paused
by the quiet roadside to rest.
It was in that part of the town where
the humble, but truly good, dwell. No
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